The 43 year old Durland Scout Center, a remarkable piece of waterfront property on Stuyvesant Avenue on Milton Point used as a public facility by the boy scouts and the local Rye Schools, is slated to be torn down and replaced by a Mc-Mega Mansion expected to fetch a "Super-Sized" $10 million dollars. If no white knight appears and this is indeed the outcome, this will be a real loss for Rye and the surrounding community.
The developers, who have paid $6.2 million for the 2.7 acre property tried to turn around and sell part of the property back to the City of Rye for $5.2 million. The Rye City Council balked at the price last month. Rye resident Ward Urban has lead a group to try and save the center and has a website posted called savethedurlandcenter.com. The center contains an indoor pool, classrooms and 138 feet of waterfront footage on Milton Harbor.
One would think between Ward Urban’s financing proposals, the Rye City Council, all the schools and community groups that could use such a facility and our 15,000 residents, we could find a way to creatively finance $5.2 million or $346/resident.
Where is our white knight? You better show up quickly. It is a minute to midnight.