New Rochelle Selects Twining Properties as Waterfront Developer

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NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Twining Properties (“Twining”) has been selected to develop New Rochelle’s Echo Bay waterfront. City Council passed a resolution to formally designate Twining as Developer on July 8, 2014. Twining was one of four development groups that presented proposals to the City Council in June.

Twining proposes to open Echo Bay to the public by transforming the site into an attractive small town center, featuring shops, restaurants, parkland, housing, and a possible hotel, with architectural elements that reflect Westchester’s history, and with a street network that links New Rochelle’s downtown to the shoreline and a new waterfront esplanade.

The initial phase of development will encompass the City’s public works yard and a former Naval Armory. Future phases may expand the development area to as much as twenty-six acres, bounded by US 1, Echo Avenue, and LeFevre Lane.

“New Rochelle’s waterfront should be a place of energy, vitality, and beauty. The challenges at Echo Bay are large, but the positive potential is even larger. We are looking forward to working with Twining Properties to realize this vision,” said Mayor Noam Bramson.

“The Twining proposal is a step forward for the ultimate goal of a lively and inviting destination at Echo Bay,” said Council Member Albert Tarantino.

“We are excited to be partnering with the City of New Rochelle to transform this special site into Echo Bay Center, a great new place to live, work and play at the water’s edge. Our goal is to create an exceptional new town center that welcomes everyone to enjoy the waterfront,” said Alex Twining, CEO of Twining Properties.

“The East Gateway RFP finalists demonstrated the vitality of the site through thoughtful and visionary conceptual designs for the area, that include an activated water’s edge and a vibrant Main Street retail destination,” said Development Commissioner Luiz C. Aragon. “The Twining Properties & Northwood Investors proposal is a great response to the desires of the community and, in addition to stimulating our waterfront, the project will link this critical gateway with our central business district.”

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John Imburgia on Sun, 07/20/2014 - 18:19

What developer in his right mind would build anything overlooking a swamp and a sewerage treatment plant? The only reason this is on the table again is because Bramson needs to look as if he has great plans for the city so that he can get re-elected. Smoke and mirrors so he can earn some brownie points in the election.

Ken Lewis on Fri, 07/11/2014 - 15:09

Dear Boy Wonder
Having seen the push back on the Forest City Project
I suggest the following.
NO TAX ABATEMENT
NO DEVELOPER GIVE AWAY
FULL DISCLOSURE ON THE ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
ARMORY REMAINS IN THE PUBLIC'S POSSESSION
NO COST BURDEN TO THE SCHOOL DISTRICT use real numbers.
NO COST BURDEN TO THE TAX PAYER use real numbers

Otherwise you will wind up in the same place just spending the developers money with a project that will not pass.

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Frank Mancuso on Fri, 07/11/2014 - 12:21
Title: Can't Wait

Yet another grandiose plan to develop the convergence of two massive storm culverts that emit every foul matter imaginable from oil to human waste not to mention those cancer causing PCB's and Agent Orange (dioxins). Guess the developer like my self was bamboozled by the city's lies. Someone simply needs to witness the place after a thunderstorm or take a mud sample and test it privately, but noooo pore more money and years into that swamp. The Federal Government had an obligation to protect the citizens from New Rochelle's and Con Edison's grandiose cover up but drooped the ball because of polital preasure. Can't wait for to hear all the lies and excuses again at the end of this money transfer.

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