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February 17, 2008

In New Rochelle, a Waterfront Plan Starts to Unfold

NY Times
DIANA MARSZALEK

THOUGH at least several years and a host of bureaucratic hurdles from fruition, a plan to transform New Rochelle’s deteriorated Echo Bay waterfront into a vibrant neighborhood has been proposed, and the mayor calls it one of the most significant prospects in the city’s history.

“This one is really thrilling,” Mayor Noam Bramson said of the 20-acre redevelopment plan. “This has been a goal of the city for as long as I’ve been alive, and probably longer.”

After months of input from the public and the city, the Cleveland-based development group Forest City Residential, which the city selected as the site developer more than a year ago, has created a plan that includes residences, retail stores and recreation.

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NoLandGrab: Is "bureaucratic hurdle" the new term for eminent domain? Is it easier to jump this hurdle if you're standing on a stack of money? And for the record, we would like to disclose the New York Times's relationship with Forest City, since it didn't seem to come up in the article...

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Posted by amy at February 17, 2008 12:23 PM