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Renovated Anderson Plaza Breaks Ground

Yesterday, New Rochelle broke ground on a renovated Anderson Plaza (between North Avenue and New Roc) that will will include bubbler play fountains, new seating options, refreshed landscaping, and a café building.  The design reflects the City’s commitment to pedestrian-friendly urban planning, and will be usable as outdoor event space for farmers markets, festivals, and live performances..

There’s more information in this press release, with details on the project here, and renderings of the completed space here.

Local Sales Reach All-Time High

New Rochelle’s economy has recovered from the COVID pandemic, and then some.  Final figures for 2021 show taxable sales at more than $1.5 billion, the highest level in our history and a whopping 23% year-to-year increase from 2020.  (This also represents a nearly-as-impressive 22% increase over pre-pandemic 2019 figures.)  Ongoing economic development should extend this positive trend, as new population generates demand for goods and services, and attracts additional businesses to our community.

Major Road Upgrades Coming

2022 will be a big year for road repairs in New Rochelle — in fact, the biggest in our history.  With two paving contracts about to get going, one for the north side of town and the other for the south, residents can expect a significant upgrade to our street network.  In recent years, New Rochelle has focused intently on infrastructure, making historic investments in our community’s long-term assets.  This year’s extensive road work is just one important part of that broader commitment.  Here’s a list of streets slated for resurfacing.  (The selection of specific roads is based on a citywide professional engineering assessment, with roads in the worst condition prioritized for attention.)

New Ro Moves Toward Sustainable (And Quieter) Landscaping

New Rochelle is launching a comprehensive initiative to promote environmentally-friendly (and quiet) landscaping practices. Partnering with Sustainable Westchester, the American Green Zone Alliance (AGZA), and Quiet Communities Inc. (QCi), and utilizing a $210,000 State grant, the City will begin transitioning to electric equipment for parks maintenance, while encouraging a similar transition among commercial landscapers through education, training, certification, and equipment rebates.  This multi-layered strategy is more likely to be successful than a purely regulatory approach, which would face serious enforcement challenges. I am proud that New Rochelle is leading by example.  More in this press release.

Ward Acres Master Plan

Ward Acres is New Rochelle’s largest park and among the most beautiful settings in our community.  To help preserve and enhance Ward Acres’ ecological health and ensure that it can be enjoyed by residents for many years to come, the City has produced a detailed master plan, analyzing the park’s needs and establishing priorities for multi-year investments.  See this week’s presentation of the plan to the City Council here.  And thank you to the many stakeholders who contributed to this important document.

Iona University

Very happy to join the leadership, faculty, and students of Iona for today’s big announcement that the former College is now a University.  Iona has been an integral part of New Rochelle for more than eighty years, and the College’s University’s success benefits our whole community.  Congratulations to President Seamus Carey and his team.  Go Gaels!

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