PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- A plan to transform the site of United Hospital, which closed 10 years ago, is one step closer to becoming reality.
On Monday, the project officially entered the public review process after Port Chester’s Village Board of Trustees voted to accept as complete the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) submitted by the site’s owner, affiliates of Starwood Capital Group, according to a press release.
“We applaud Mayor Dennis Pilla and the entire Board of Trustees for their leadership in advancing this process,” Ellis Rinaldi, executive vice president of Starwood Capital, said in the press release. ”We appreciate the tremendous support our plan has received from Port Chester residents, public officials and the business community, and we look forward to a continued constructive dialogue throughout the review process. This is a historic opportunity for the Village and we are committed to helping Port Chester seize it.”
Starwood Capital’s proposal re-imagines the site of the former United Hospital as a new part of Port Chester that complements the village’s downtown, according to the press release. When complete, the site will feature 90,000 square-feet of street-level shops and restaurants, an approximately 135-room hotel, 217,000 square-feet of office space, 500 units of residential designed for young professionals, 230 units of age-restricted senior residential, on-site parking and nearly an acre of publicly accessible open space, according to the press release.
The redevelopment also is expected to generate millions of dollars in economic and community benefits for Port Chester by creating more than 1,800 construction and nearly 1,000 permanent jobs, expanding the tax base and funding much-needed public improvements, according to the release.