New Rochelle’s Emerging Skyline

587 Main Street – Topped-Off and Nearly Completed

Today, we celebrated the “topping off” of one new downtown project at 587 Main Street and the ground-breaking for another at the site of the the Church-Division garage.  This press release has more information.

Church-Division – Under Construction

These are just two of six developments that will dramatically reshape New Rochelle’s skyline during the next few years.  With many smaller projects already under construction and still more projects yet to be announced, we are well on track to meeting the goals of our ambitious downtown plan.  It’s exciting!

14 Lecount – Construction Commencing in 2018

I had the pleasure of unveiling renderings of several of these proposed towers during my recent State of the City Address, and in this post, you can view images of New Rochelle’s near-future.

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500 Main – Construction Commencing in 2019
277 North Avenue – Under Review
45 Harrison Street – Under Review

State of the City 2018

I just finished delivering my 2018 State of the City Address to an overflow audience at City Hall.

My remarks confronted head-on the important and timely challenge of youth safety and enrichment, but also offered an expansive and very positive assessment of our community’s dramatic progress on economic, environmental, and social priorities.  Despite the pressing concerns of this moment, there has never been better cause for optimism and excitement about New Rochelle’s future.

Please read the whole speech by downloading the text as a PDF or by copying this address into your browser:

http://www.noambramson.org/uploads/2018/02/State-of-the-City-2018.pdf

You can also view my speech as a word cloud, which certainly improves its brevity!

I expect video will be posted shortly, and I will share it when available.

UPDATE (3-2-18):  Here’s the video.

As always, I welcome your feedback.

 

 

Bloomberg: New Ro is a “Champion City”

In a nation-wide competition featuring more than 300 applications, New Rochelle has been named one of just 35 “Champion Cities” by Bloomberg Philanthropies.  #mayorschallenge

Bloomberg challenged municipalities across the country to propose innovative ideas with the potential to benefit cities everywhere.  New Rochelle’s winning concept involves the use of virtual-reality to visualize development, enhance the quality of urban design, and permit greater public participation in choices about planning and growth.  It’s a perfect complement to our ambitious downtown development strategy.

This press release has much more information, or visit Bloomberg’s website to learn about the competition and about the other finalists.  Here’s a key excerpt from the release about next steps:

“New Rochelle now advances to the six-month ‘Test, Learn, and Adapt’ phase of the competition. Cities will refine their ideas during this process with up to $100,000 [a grant awarded by Bloomberg], as well as personalized support from innovation experts, to test and begin building support for their urban innovations and submit a new application in August 2018. In October, four cities will receive $1 million awards and one will receive a grand prize of $5 million to bring their ideas to life.”

Congratulations to the team that put together New Rochelle’s outstanding application.  I am proud that our community is being recognized nation-wide as a creative leader.

Reminder: State of the City on March 1st

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Please join me on Thursday, March 1st at City Hall for the annual State of the City Address.

The evening begins with a networking reception at 6:00pm, followed by the speech at 7:30pm.  It’s free and open to the public, with seating on a first-come, first-served basis.

There’s more in this flyer.  Hope to see you there.