55 years after it left Main Street, New Rochelle City Hall is set to move back downtown.
As I announced in my recent State of the City Address, MacQuesten Development has agreed to build out a brand new civic complex at the base of their proposed Harrison Street tower. It will bring employees, visitors, and residents closer to downtown shops and eateries, help to create a more robust daytime office population, and make an important statement of confidence in our downtown’s future.
Moreover, this move will save tax dollars, with the annual price tag for occupying and operating the new City Hall lower than what we pay to operate and maintain our current facilities.
Finally, and just as importantly, this plan benefits our School District, which will inherit the existing City Hall in its entirely and will have an opportunity to utilize the space for classrooms, administrative needs, programming, or any other purpose – at a much more affordable cost than constructing a new building.
This is a complicated project, with lots of moving pieces. If all goes according to plan, the new City Hall will be ready for occupancy in 2021.
It’s a win-win-win for our economy, our City, and our schools. There’s more in this press release.