Depending on whom you ask, the proposed development at Echo Bay will either save New Rochelle or ruin it. The project, in the works for years, calls for 285 rental apartments, 25,000 square feet of retail space and a 5-acre park. As with any major development, it has attracted passionate fans and ardent detractors. Lately, the detractors have been louder and more visible. At a recent public hearing on the matter, for example, speakers against the project far outnumbered speakers in favor of it.
(Photo by Ken Valenti/The Journal News)
Now, anti-Echo Bay signs are starting to appear throughout the city. The group Citizens for a Better New Rochelle ordered 300 of them earlier this month and distributed nearly their entire supply within two days. Journal News reporter Ken Valenti snapped this picture of one on Stephenson Boulevard.
Supporters of the project have repeatedly said while the anti-Echo Bay camp is more active, its ranks are thin.
The City Council’s members are split on the issue.