PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- Dozens of supporters of Sustainable Port Chester Alliance converged on the mayor and Board of Trustees at the Village Court Building before a recent executive session.
They were there to deliver postcards signed by village residents urging elected officials to insist that Starwood work with the alliance on a plan consistent with “good jobs, housing and school funding," said a statement.
To date, about 500 postcards have been signed and delivered, in both English and Spanish.
At issue is the commitment of the elected officials to the residents over concerns for the Starwood Capital plans to develop the former United Hospital site.
The alliance is concerned for "a struggling village with overcrowded schools, old and crumbling housing stock, and worsening traffic conditions," and wants both parties to sign a Community Benefits Agreement to assure the community is represented, the release said.
The agreement would include a number of benefits that the community would receive in exchange for allowing Starwood Capital to develop the property.
“Our elected officials are once again leading us into the deep end. With the memory of the G&S Waterfront debacle fresh in our minds, these folks want to give away our village to Starwood. It’s time we spoke up and out and say in one voice – Port Chester deserves better, the children of Port Chester deserve better, the hardworking people of Port Chester deserve better," said Joan Grangenois-Thomas, Sustainable Port Chester Alliance supporter and member of the Port Chester/Rye NAACP.
Starwood Capital’s proposal reimagines 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, Daily Voice reported in July.
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 housing designed for young professionals, 230 units of age-restricted senior housing, on-site parking and nearly an acre of publicly accessible open space, according to the press release.