Hotel Proposed for Cedar Street

New hotel proposed for 115 Cedar Street in New Rochelle. Click to enlarge.

A new hotel, with a design reminiscent of cutting-edge buildings along the High Line, has been proposed for Cedar Street, adjacent to I-95 (at the site of the former Don Conqui and Got Soul restaurants.)  225 rooms, together with dining and other amenities, in an ultra-modern tower rising above a rehabbed historic structure at the base.  In a presentation last night to the City Council, the developers also proposed to enhance the appearance and pedestrian accessibility of Garden Street to better connect this site to the downtown and train station.

Given the prominence of its location, one of the most visible in our entire city, this project would have a dramatic (and I think positive) effect on perceptions of New Rochelle.  It’s also a great example of how the successful execution of our downtown development plan is generating buzz about New Rochelle as a whole.

That said, there are plenty of steps ahead, including a review of zoning, an examination of environmental impacts, and an analysis of parking and traffic issues.  Too soon to provide approvals, but the proposal is certainly encouraging.

New Rochelle Bike Share is Here

Mayor Noam Bramson, following a ride from City Hall to Anderson Plaza.

New Rochelle’s Bike Share, the first in Westchester County, officially launched today.  100 bikes, 11 stations throughout the city.  Learn more in this press release or join our bike share program at www.bikenewrochelle.com.

We actually had a soft launch back in March, just to test everything out, and already more than 400 people have signed up, taking thousands of trips!  That’s way above expectations, especially in light of the iffy spring weather, and a positive sign of public enthusiasm.

This morning, I joined about twenty other cyclists for a maiden ride from City Hall to Anderson Plaza, and (following a three decade break from bicycles — shhh, don’t tell anyone) aim now to be a regular user.

By offering a fun and sustainable way to get around, we help make New Rochelle a healthier, stronger, greener community.  It’s also part of our larger effort to compete for the next generation of residents and businesses.

Try it out, and have fun.

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.

Click on any of the images to enlarge them.

 

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.