Looking forward to partnering this evening with our Development Commissioner, Adam Salgado, to share lessons and insights from New Rochelle’s successful push for economic growth. Among urban planners and real estate professionals, our city is increasingly seen as a regional — and even national — model for sustainable, equitable development.
A great video from the New Rochelle Council on the Arts, celebrating the creation of our spectacular murals from Street Art for Mankind. Part of New Rochelle’s strong commitment to culture, creativity, and public art.
Later this month, the New York State Thruway Authority (NYSTA) is set to begin a long-awaited replacement of the North Avenue bridge over I-95. The project is necessary to address structural, operational, and safety needs, and will ultimately result in a much more efficient and attractive intersection.
Although the City has no direct authority over a State project, we have worked closely with NYSTA to ensure that one lane of traffic will be open in each direction throughout construction, coordinate with nearby institutions, and plan carefully for any necessary detours. We hope and expect that the impacts will be tolerable, but it is reasonable to anticipate some periodic headaches before the project wraps up in fall 2025.
Here’s more detail.
There are lots of obvious benefits that flow from downtown development — new housing and job opportunities, a stronger tax base, a more attractive and culturally vibrant city center, and better access to goods and services, to name just a few. A key benefit that’s often overlooked, however, is that the right kind of development helps to confront the climate crisis. It may seem counterintuitive to think of dense, high-rise construction as a form of environmental progress, but it is. Transit-served downtowns like New Rochelle’s are less car-dependent and consume less energy per capita than other patterns of development. And by densifying urban cores, we help to preserve natural open space elsewhere. These facts are well illustrated in this really neat map from the New York Times which shows how land use patterns contribute to — and can help address — the climate emergency. There are, of course, many other factors that affect climate change, but this may be the area in which local government can have the greatest impact. So, in addition to being great for New Rochelle’s parochial interests, downtown development is among the best things we can do for the planet.
Penn Station Access is the most significant enhancement to our region’s transportation infrastructure in a generation, with wide-ranging benefits to our economy, environment, and quality of life. For New Rochelle, the project holds special importance, giving us the Metro-North station closest to Manhattan with direct service to Grand Central and Penn — a major boost to our downtown’s unprecedented economic growth. After years of planning, the project has finally broken ground. Read all about it in this press release from the Governor.
So, axe throwing is a thing . . . really . . . for fun (which it is!) And it’s also the latest attraction at New Roc, with the opening of Bananas’ Axe Cabana. At the ribbon-cutting, for which we used scissors and not any other implement, my own personal axe throwing skills proved very poor. Lots of misses. Conversely, and perhaps not surprisingly, our Fire Commissioner Andy Sandor was a dab hand, hitting the bullseye over and over. If things fall apart, and we find ourselves in a post-apocalyptic, dystopian war of all-against-all, I’m staying close to Andy.