Although the developer for Echo Bay has done nothing to further his plans, the SOA (Save Our Armory) committee is continuing to raise questions about the Armory’s future. Forest City Residential has plans to demolish this building listed in “New Rochelle A Tour Guide to Historically Significant Sites.”(2006) While at least one member of the New Rochelle City Council has publicly stated his opposition to tearing down this building, the City Council has not officially stated their position. However, at a SOA committee meeting on June 26 the message was clear: the building should be preserved for future generations. Jim Killoran echoed the sentiments of the group when he said we must get to the point where we want to “save our history.”
Peter Parente, Co-Chair of the SOA committee, repeated a common theme of the committee that inspections of the Armory building showed the structure was “intact and very salvageable.” Leroy Grayson added, the city “does not maintain its buildings.” Parente suggested that a letter could be sent to Council saying, “200 people would clean the Armory.” John D'Alois suggested asking for a copy of the city’s Armory contract/
The founder of the New Rochelle talk of the Sound website, Robert Cox, felt information under the Freedom of Information law should be used when requesting information, which would give the city five days to answer and 22 days to produce the requested documents. Further, a reason must be given if the documents are not forthcoming.
Rob Biagi felt it was necessary to get the residents to hear more about this cause using the media or getting a celebrity to bring attention to the cause.
After Parente suggested bringing as many people as possible to the City Council meeting on July 14 for Citizens to be Heard, Robert Cox urged a persistent on-line presence because more than half of the people now get their news on-line, especially young people. Since a number of Cox’s breaking stories have gone national and international in the media, the question was raised, ”Does the Mayor fear coast to coast publicity?” He urged the SOA group to package their cause in a “compelling way.”
Save Our Armory Advised to Repackage Cause in More “Compelling Way” by Peggy Godfrey in Westchester Hearld, June 29, 2009