Monte StreetscapeA long-awaited streetscape upgrade is coming to the area surrounding Montefiore’s New Rochelle campus.

Funded entirely by federal grants, the roughly $1 million project will include new sidewalks, lighting, street trees, ADA curb cuts, and other improvements along Memorial Highway, Burling Lane, and Glover Johnson Place.

Although beautification will be one benefit, the primary goal of this project is to establish a better, safer, more accessible pedestrian connection between the train station and one of New Rochelle’s biggest employers.  That’s just good planning.

In my opinion, additional significant changes will still be needed on Memorial Highway (and several other local roads) to make our city more walkable, and I hope we can begin taking steps in this direction during the coming year.