City Supports Downtown Showcase & Artists Spaces Expansion

The downtown Business Improvement District (BID) continues its outstanding efforts to strengthen our local economy. During our last meeting, the City Council approved funding to assist with the creation or expansion of two worthwhile initiatives:

Downtown Showcase: In order to promote New Rochelle’s home furnishing niche, as well as traditional retail businesses, the BID will create a showcase apartment at Avalon on the Sound East, decorated and furnished using only local businesses. The apartment will be placed on the annual Sound Shore Medical Center house tour, and will serve as a springboard for a broader print and web-based marketing campaign.

Artists Spaces Program Expansion: The Artists Spaces Program has already successfully marketed vacant upper-floor space for artists live-work use. Expansion of the program will facilitate better marketing to help fill a larger group of target properties.

The Palace as it appears today.

The BID also announced that it is teaming with Simone Development Corporation to renovate the former Palace Shoe Store at 514-518 Main Street. The Palace, with its distinctive art deco style, will be the latest addition to the BID’s facade improvement program.

Finally, local restaurant owners have joined together to offer outdoor sidewalk dining. Seating areas will be surrounded by attractive enclosures, emblazoned with a logo. Outdoor dining adds to the appeal of New Rochelle’s growing and diverse downtown dining opportunities.