Congratulations to Daniel Martinez, who won a year’s free rent at the just-completed 360 Huguenot development. Daniel, a photographer, came out on top in a competition featuring more than 100 artists. Yesterday, at the ribbon-cutting for 360 Huguenot — the first completed project from our master developers and an important milestone in New Rochelle’s downtown … Continue reading The Winning Artist: Daniel Martinez
Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul was in town this afternoon to deliver some great news: $10 million in State funding for six New Rochelle projects. You might be thinking that this announcement was already made, and, in a sense, you’d be right. New Rochelle was declared the winner of the State’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) last … Continue reading DRI Projects Approved
Development Commissioner Luiz Aragon and I spent yesterday in Washington, DC seeking federal support for New Rochelle planning initiatives by meeting with Department of Transportation officials and with our federal representatives. Good, productive conversations, and we are grateful to Senators Schumer and Gillibrand and Representative Engel — as well as their staffs — for their … Continue reading On Capitol Hill
I am very pleased that the County of Westchester has concluded a lease agreement that will keep Family Court services in New Rochelle at a new location on Garden Street. The Garden Street site, which was supported by the entire City Council, will entail the construction of a modern new facility, with easy access to … Continue reading Family Court Will Move to Garden Street
Last week, the New Rochelle Planning Board approved the construction of a new 24-story luxury hotel just off I-95’s Exit 16. The project’s exciting design will enhance one of our city’s most prominent gateways, while adding much-needed hotel rooms to keep up with burgeoning demand. There’s a lot more detail in this press release.
From time to time, I receive interview requests from students, and I am always happy to help with their projects. Here’s a particularly nice example from Takunda James, a film student who interviewed me earlier this year. Some great images of New Rochelle in the video, plus a pretty good discussion about planning opportunities.
Back in March, New Rochelle and our master developers RXR announced an exciting contest to offer a year’s free rent to one fortunate artist. In response, we received more than 100 outstanding submissions — a tribute to our community’s burgeoning cultural and creativity energy. Since then, an evaluation panel has had the difficult task of … Continue reading You Can Choose the Winning Artist
I had been trying to find the right words to describe plans for a new Remington Boys and Girls Club. Fortunately, Council Member Jared Rice did such a good job outlining the project and its context that I need only link to his post. Check it out here. This would be a great resource for … Continue reading Plans Advance for New Boys & Girls Club
360 Huguenot, the first major downtown project from New Rochelle’s master developers at RXR, has begun leasing — another milestone in our city’s ongoing downtown renewal. Read all about it in this press release or on the project’s website. In addition to both market-rate and affordable apartments, 360 Huguenot will feature a performing arts space, … Continue reading 360 Huguenot Begins Leasing
Here’s an excellent article from Strong Towns, describing strategies for reducing car dependency. The issues raised in the piece are highly relevant to New Rochelle’s planning objectives, touching on everything from parking minimums in our zoning code, to “complete streets” projects on major roads, to innovative open space initiatives like the Linc. The author’s key … Continue reading Expanding Mobility Options (Gradually)