Curtain Shop, Diamond Glass, and 542 Main Are Part of BID Model Block Program

By restoring the historic charm and architecture of Main Street, we strengthen our local economy and improve our quality of life. That is why the City has been an enthusiastic supporter of the BID’s Model Block program, which is spearheading the renovation of several downtown facades, many of which has been covered with blank stucco facing. On Tuesday, June 27th, the Curtain Shop, Diamond Glass, and 542 Main Street will be officially unveiled. The transformation is dramatic and worth seeing.

In the months ahead, other facades will be restored and several dozen businesses will install new signs and awnings with attractive, historically-appropriate design standards. This effort is made possible with the help of grants from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the Empire State Development Corporation and the City of New Rochelle and an innovative façade loan program developed by The Community Preservation Corporation (CPC) for the New Rochelle BID. The program enables downtown building owners to obtain ten-year façade loans from CPC at an interest rate of only 3 percent.