Armory Proposal Noam Bramson Didn’t Want the Public to See – UPDATED PART 3

September 29, 2012
Bramson Sabotages Bidding Process

Mayor Plays Another Attack on the Bidding Process

The teckies over at Talk of the Sound have uploaded part 3 of the presentation by SHoP Architects. Please take a look!


Our friends over at Talk of the Sound have been gracious enough to provide a video of the proposal that was presented to the public on behalf of the ReImagine New Rochelle Group comprised of the Committee to Save Our Armory, New Rochelle Opera and Local Veterans Groups. Keep in mind ALL council members, along with the mayor, city manager and department of development staff were invited to the viewing. Only Council members Trangucci and Tarrantino considered it important enough to be present. This presentation was in response to the Request for Proposals (RFP) issued by the city for the adaptive re-use of the New Rochelle Armory. YOUR Armory. In an effort to short circuit the possible success of this proposal, Mayor Bramson chose to push through a no-notice, unscheduled, surprise vote that, on it’s

We believe the process was flawed in it’s execution and we will continue to flush out the details that will support that contention. Now, more than ever we would appreciate your support, Get involved, step up and speak out.  Let’s get a fair assessment of the plans that will shape the future of New Rochelle.

Follow the latest news here and on Talk of the Sound.
To view the presentation video

For part 1 click HERE

For part 2 click HERE

For part 3 click HERE


Mayor Bramson Tells Veterans and Local Groups “DROP DEAD”

September 20, 2012

Mayor Bramson throws local groups under the bus

In an orchestrated rush to vote, the mayor pushed through a council vote that would take away locally sponsored development in favor of outside development by a group containing, among others political campaign contributors and interests with close ties to the mayors wife.

New Rochelle Talk is has reported the textbook partyline vote that reinforces the widely held belief of puppet mentality among the democrat council members.
…more to follow


Civic Associations To Meet With Veterans and Opera Group About Armory

September 17, 2012


September 16 2012
New Rochelle New York

Civic Associations to Discuss United Veterans/NR Opera/SOA Plan for New Rochelle Armory

Multiple local Civic/Neighborhood Associations will be conducting a Town Hall Meeting to discuss our Armory options. This month will be the
NR United Veterans/NR Opera/SOA organization with a informational Power Point and Q & A Session. Please extend this invite to ALL
you know.

The meeting will take place in the City Hall Council Chambers at 7:30 This coming Tuesday September 18th 2012
All are welcome.

The NR Veterans have answered the RFP with a Adaptive Reuse of OUR Armory on East Main Street. The Veterans along with Save Our Armory Group have teamed up with NR Opera and are purposing OUR Armory be used for The NR Veterans Memorial Center for the Performing Arts. Included in the proposal is a Veterans Memorial for the 300 War Dead, NR Citizens who were Killed In Action over the years in all conflicts and Wars. New idea of having our NR 9/11 Memorial there as well. The Armory will also have a revolving gallery to include,but not limited to Norman Rockwell,NR Historical and of course NR Military History. There will be one or more beautiful restaurants over looking the sound and The main attraction, a Performing Arts Theatre,Studio and Schools. The arts will include performance,Dance,Visual and Instrumental

The City received the Armory from NY State in 1997 with the promise to upkeep,maintain,serve and use for the citizens of New Rochelle.
It’s YOUR ARMORY, please give the Council and the Mayor your input. Hope to see you there

Committee to Save the Armory
for more information

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Announcing the Veterans Memorial Performing Arts Center (Updated)

August 7, 2012

(Note- the presentation was originally posted as a powerpoint document. It has been converted to a slide show for ease of viewing. Click on any slide to enlarge and start the show)


NEW ROCHELLE, NEW YORK, AUGUST 7 2012 The presentation for the adaptive reuse of the New Rochelle Armory has just been presented to City Council

The development team for the Veterans Memorial Performing Arts Center has just been presented to the New Rochelle City Council. The vision to restore the historic building and utilize it as an art center with focus on community engagement and stimulating the local economy. you can view the presentation by clicking the link below.

Stay tuned for more information and a story.



Armory Plan to be Presented to City Council This Tuesday

August 5, 2012

Concept Rendering of Armory

The development team representing the Committee to Save the Armory will be presenting it’s vision plan to City Council this Tuesday, August 7th at 5:00PM. The presentation will take place in the Council Chambers at 515 North Ave. The public is welcome to sit in or it can be viewed live on Cable Channel 75 or Verizon Channel 28. Listen in as we unfold the plan for the next chapter in New Rochelle’s history.


Development Committee Releases Plan for Veterans Memorial Center at the Armory

July 23, 2012

Site Plan for Armory Center

In response to the recently issued Request For Proposals (RFP), a Development Committee has submitted a plan to restore the iconic Armory and bring new life to the region with a mix of performance art, fine dining and Veterans Services. A premiere venue, unique to the area, enhancing the quality of life for all of New Rochelle and, indeed, the region. From their Mission Statement “The Mission of the proposed Veterans Memorial Center for the Performing Arts (the “Center”) is to serve as a cultural hub for the community to engage in educational opportunities and enhance understanding and enjoyment of life through the creation and presentation of the arts. .”

The plan wil be reviewed by city council in a process designed to pick from multiple submissions, so it’s up to you to make your voices heard. Don’t sit back and wait for it to happen, this is all about bringing out the best of what New Rochelle has to offer.

Spend a few minutes and enjoy this plan for the next chapter in New Rochelle’s history. You won’t be disappointed.

Veterans Memorial Center
for the Performing Arts

Proposal Mission Statement​​

The Mission of the proposed Veterans Memorial Center for the Performing Arts (the “Center”) is to serve as a cultural hub for the community to engage in educational opportunities and enhance understanding and enjoyment of life through the creation and presentation of the arts. We will accomplish this by establishing a premier venue for performing and visual arts and building a dynamic center for local, regional and national arts groups.

Furthermore, through the establishment of this Center for the Performing Arts, we will again be bringing to life and rededicating a historical structure, the New Rochelle Naval Armory, the permanent home of the 31st Fleet Division of the New York Naval Militia. This initiative is dedicated to all those who have passed through its portals since 1933 and to all those to whom the Armory has served as a training ground and meeting place.

The historical significance of this edifice will become the driving force to help dedicate permanent space within the Center to assist Veterans and to provide a support system for job placement and navigating through the intricacies of the Veterans Administration medical program.



Stay tuned for more information and commentary from the Development Committee


A Reader Asks About the Armory

June 5, 2012

Through the “contact us” section of the site, a reader named Jack asks the question “What do you think should be housed inside the Armory that will give back and benefit the community?”.

Great question Jack and thanks for taking the time to visit our site and wanting to learn more about the Armory. The Save Our Armory Committee has always been of the opinion that this building, aside from its historic significance, should house something for everyone. The area known as the drill deck, which is the open floor area under the barrel roof, is approximately 14,000 sq/ft of open floor plan. This lends itself to many venues such as art festivals, trade shows, events for children (sporting, dance troops, poetry readings etc).  There’s room for a distinctive catering facility, museum (did you know that while we all have heard of Norman Rockwell, that during the same time New Rochelle was the hub of just about every great illustrator in the country?** Most belonging to the New Rochelle Arts Council). Of course a Veterans support center would be fitting as more and more troops return home needing a single clearing house for access to services. Why you can even have programming as varied as from special olympic events to Green Technology trade shows. All of this programming does something that no amount of housing can ever do, it engages the community and brings us together to celebrate not only what we do here in New Rochelle, but it does it in a place that is as much a part of our culture as no other building in New Rochelle. We will never  have a place as distinctive both architecturally and historical as this icon in New Rochelle. So let’s take the opportunity in front of us and make it a reality. Please take a moment to read these articles ;

Have You Been to These Venues Lately?

The New Rochelle Armory – Preservation for Fun and Profit

The New Rochelle Armory – Can You Answer This Question?

Lamenting Our Loss – There Are No Do Overs

Again, Thank You for your interest and consider being part of the vision and remember:

It’s YOUR Armory

**Harold Anderson, Franklin Booth, George Brehm, Worth Brehm, Clare Briggs, Nell Brinkley, Daniel Content, Dean Cornwell, John Philip Falter, Victor Clyde Forsythe, Walter Beach Humphrey, F.X. Leyendecker, J.C. Leyendecker, Tom Lovell, Orson Byron Lowell, Al Parker, Edward Penfield, C. Coles Phillips, Frederic Remington, Mead Schaeffer, Remington Schuyler, Donald Teague, George T. Tobin, Edmund F. Ward, and Revere Wistefuff.