Steve SaundersJun 1, 2016, 11:19 pm

Public forum held in Port Chester over planned redevelopment project

Residents expressed their concerns over the potential future of the former United Hospital

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A public forum was held at the senior center in Port Chester on Wednesday night. The forum was a continuation of a special public hearing on the redevelopment project at the former United Hospital property off Boston Post Road.

Residents voiced their concerns over potential impacts to the community, environment, as well as a proposed zoning change for the property.

“My personal concerns have been the environmental impact, during the demolition of the buildings. The noise factor across the street from a nursing home, the possibility of toxic substances in the soil in the building materials.” Tom Kissner, a resident, said.

“We’re all in for a development at the United Hospital site. It’s an eyesore,” said Jill Grangenois-Thomas. “It’s just a question of what side. We want development, we want it done correctly, we want to make sure that Port Chester is not left holding the bag.”

According to Mayor Dennis Pilla, the Greenwich-based Starwood Capital Group bought the property when the hospital closed about 10 years ago. The firm is heading up the redevelopment on the 15-acre site.

Proposals for the project, said to cost around $300M, have included space for retail shops, restaurants, residential units, a hotel and office space.

The board has plans to make a final decision about the environmental impact and zoning of the project sometime in late summer. Meanwhile, the village is still accepting email or written public comments through June 17.

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