It is in disbelief and with deep frustration that I am writing this letter. I have recently learned from Ron Tocci and Peter Parente that Mayor Bramson is using another delaying tactic to keep the Armory restoration out of the hands of the Veterans who want to restore it.
I have seen the Veterans’ proposal to restore New Rochelle’s Historic World War II Armory. It is the only proposal that I have seen that agrees with the provision of the deed that states that the property would be used and maintained for “public recreation & municipal space.” This was the intention of the deed that New Rochelle signed in 1997 when they bought the Armory for $1.00 from New York State.
The Veterans want to turn it into a Community Center with a Performing Arts Center, a New Rochelle Historical Museum and a restaurant! Now that makes sense! It would be wonderful and would draw people back to New Rochelle. New Rochelle is such a historical city. It’s time that New Rochelle started capitalizing on its history and the histories of people who lived there such as Thomas Paine, Norman Rockwell, Ty Cobb, Lou Gehrig just to name a few, those that live there now and the military people who spent time there before going to war.
Did you know that New Rochelle was the setting for The Dick Van Dyke Show and the musical, Ragtime? I didn’t.
New Rochelle needs a venue that will bring people into the city. Please support our Veterans and give them the opportunity to restore it. And PLEASE STOP TURNING YOUR BACK ON THEM, Mr. Mayor. I have attended your meetings! It doesn’t take a “rocket scientist” to see the treatment they are getting. It is obvious that you have not recognized the fact that you are sitting where you are because our military fought for you and many died for you. Please turn over a new leaf and give our Veterans a chance to restore the Armory. Thank you.