BUNY Activists Take Starwood Campaign to Port Chester

Village residents are concerned a $300 million redevelopment of the former United Hospital site may bring poverty-wage jobs, heavy traffic, unsafe working conditions and starve village of much-needed tax revenues

On a sunny, beautiful day, about two dozen Build Up NY members and supporters fanned out through Port Chester on Saturday to register voters and give village residents information about next month’s election to fill all six seats on the village Board of Trustees.

The board will take up soon after the March 15 election a proposed $300 million redevelopment of the former United Hospital site. Starwood Capital Group wants to build in the area occupied by the now-defunct hospital a massive mixed-use development with 720 residential units, a 138-room hotel and 300,000 square feet of office and retail space. To proceed with the project, the company needs the Port Chester Village Board of Trustees to rezone the site.

Starwood is seeking a $60 million tax break that would reduce the development’s tax obligations to Port Chester’s already overcrowded public schools by $34 million over 20 years and reduce affordable housing by demolishing a 133-unit affordable housing complex located at the hospital property. Also of deep concern to the community is Starwood downplaying how much traffic would be produced by the development and not committing to create good, safe jobs that offer career-sustaining wages and benefits at the project.

The activists gathered in from of the AMC Lowes Movie Theater at 40 Westchester Ave., then, armed with voter registration forms and general information about the election, they crisscrossed the village registering residents to vote.

Build Up NY, an alliance of working men and women, is committed to good jobs and responsible development.