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Port Chester Alliance Candidates Forum Focuses On Development Plan

An aerial view of the former United Hospital site.
An aerial view of the former United Hospital site. Photo Credit: Provided/Village of Port Chester

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- The Sustainable Port Chester Alliance invites residents of Port Chester and anyone interested in local development to attend a forum on the future of the United Hospital redevelopment project at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Knights of Columbus, 327 Westchester Ave.

Hosted by the alliance and its members, the forum is being organized to help voters know on which side of the issue the trustees and candidates sit. Elections for six trustee seats take place on Tuesday, March 15. Issues to be raised are: rezoning of the current site; school funding and the proposed payment in lieu of taxes; workforce housing; jobs, labor standards and local hiring practices; traffic and environmental impact; and impact on village services such as fire, police, emergency medical service and sanitation.

Starwood Capital, a multibillion-dollar development company based in Greenwich, Conn., has distributed postcards and purchased ads in local papers to demonstrate the benefits the village will receive based on its current proposal. The company has yet to sit down with the alliance to discuss the creation of a community benefits agreement the alliance group seeks, to ensure that neither Port Chester nor its residents are shorted in the development agreement.

A CBA is an enforceable, legally binding document that would be signed by the developer and the Sustainable Port Chester Alliance, representing the Port Chester community. The agreement can include a number of benefits that the community would receive in exchange for allowing Starwood Capital to develop the property.

For more information, visit the alliance website.

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