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Committee Launches Proposal for New Rochelle Armory

August 4, 2010

The Save our Armory Committee made a presentation to the New Rochelle City Council on July 20, 2010 to describe their plans for a re-adaptive use of the New Rochelle Armory. In a conference room filled with supporters, the demonstration of a vision, and the path to realize the goal of returning the Armory to public service was offered to a reserved, but receptive city council. Speakers including Save Our Armory Committee Co-Chairs Ron Tocci and Peter Parente and SOA Executive Committee members John Verni and John D’Alois. The entire presentation including Q&A ran to about 40 minutes; to meet the requirements of YouTube it is necessary to break the video into four parts. Take a moment to view the presentation and see if you can envision the next chapter in New Rochelle’s history.

Part 1 of 4: Introduction and Vision for the Armory, Ron Tocci.

Part 2 of 4: Tech & Uses, Peter Parente.

Part 3 of 4: Finance, John Verni and Closing Remarks, John D’Alois & Ron Tocci

Part 4 of 4: Q&A with City Council

  • Noam Bramson thanks SOA from coming.
  • Barry Fertel asks for copy of Engineering Report.
  • Noam Bramson explains limitations City is under due to Forest City MOU.
  • Noam Bramson asks for indication of Monroe College’s level of interest in this concept
  • Noam Bramson suggests that Forest City, Monroe College and Save Our Armory Committee Meet.
  • Chuck Strome explains that Forest City controls all discussions on Armory property and building until December 31, 2010.
  • Noam Bramson asks John Verni if “sources and uses” financial document is available?
  • Richard St. Paul asks about Armory Removal (edited out due to length issues)
  • Council and Staff discusses Forest City’s rights under MOU (edited out due to length issues) after which Noam Bramson explains Next Steps within that context.
  • Richard St. Paul asks what the impact will be on the MOU or RFP from which the MOU was derived if Forest City plan does not include the Armory?
  • Ron Tocci asks whether, if Forest City allows it, SOA can get into the building and make emergency repairs before winter?

Technical services and video edits courtesy of Andrew Wasson from Save Our Armory and Bob Cox from Talk of the Sound. Thank you all for your support !

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