The long wait is just about over. A new supermarket — New Rochelle Farms — will open next week at the corner of Manor Place and North Avenue, ready to serve the surrounding area, including the Historic District, the Lincoln Avenue corridor, and our burgeoning downtown. Convenient access to fresh foods is important to every neighborhood, and this addition to New Rochelle takes on added significance with the departure of Stop and Shop from New Roc City. Read more in this press release.
Our new downtown murals are receiving lots of positive attention, both within and beyond New Rochelle. Here’s an admiring piece from Brooklyn Street Art, complete with photographs of all the murals. Creative energy is a key part of any successful downtown, and I am delighted that New Rochelle is attracting world-class talent. #NRNYMurals
Yet another major downtown development milestone today with the groundbreaking for 14 Lecount. This two-phase project will be among the most significant in our city’s history, containing housing, ground-floor businesses, and parking, as well as a re-designed Anderson Street that will serve as a vibrant new public space. Fully a quarter of the apartments will be affordable at a spectrum of price points. Here’s more information about the project, along with a rendering of its design.
The ground-breaking ceremony was held at the construction site between Main, North, Lecount, and Anderson. Most of the block has been cleared and excavated, bringing us down below street level and providing a view perspective on the surrounding downtown that I have never before experienced and that I tried (with only limited success) to capture in the photo attached to this post.
When completed in a few years, the Penn Access project will link Metro-North’s New Haven line directly to Penn Station through four new stops in the Bronx. Because the rail line splits in New Rochelle, our community will have the closest station to Manhattan with direct service to both the east and west sides — a huge asset.
The MTA’s website focuses primarily on benefits for Bronx residents, which is understandable given that the bulk of new capital investments will occur in that borough, but the advantages for commuters in Westchester and Connecticut — and especially New Rochelle — will be enormous.
Another important downtown milestone this morning, with the ground-breaking for 26 South Division Street, the first of two towers being constructed at the site of the former Church-Division garage.
RXR’s second project in New Rochelle, 26 South Division will feature 352 apartments, a valet parking garage, lounge, co-working space, speakeasy, and more than 12,000 square feet of retail. Together with the second tower, which will break ground next year, the rebuilt site will also include a new public plaza and additional public parking spaces. All in all, a big boost for the downtown economy — and quite a positive change from the old garage, which was literally falling down and would have cost millions simply to stabilize.
In addition, RXR announced the formation of a new “Building Community Foundation,” with $225,000 in seed funding, that will direct resources to local priorities related to youth enrichment, workforce development, parks, recreation and wellness, environmental sustainability, and public safety. Our goal is equitable and inclusive prosperity, from which all of us can benefit, and this foundation is a good step in that direction.
It’s exciting to see New Rochelle’s Center for the Arts taking shape on Main Street, as the entire facade at the former Loew’s theater undergoes renovation. (Lots of interior work still to be done.) With a black box theater and gallery space, the Arts Center will become a hub of cultural activity in the heart of our downtown. And because the facility is incorporated into RXR’s first major project at 360 Huguenot, it also reflects a nice marriage of old and new, preservation and development.