The pandemic slowed down New Rochelle’s DRI procress a bit, but we’re now back on track, poised to make historic investments aimed at enhancing the Lincoln Avenue corridor and providing better connections to our downtown. In the weeks ahead, survey teams and drones will be taking a closer look at neighborhood conditions, including traffic patterns, signal timing, road geometry, and so forth. Look for much more activity and robust community engagement a little later this year.
With more than 1,200 affordable apartments constructed or approved as part of our overall downtown redevelopment, New Rochelle has been a regional leader in providing affordable housing. The City Council is now considering additional steps to further expand access to quality housing for everyone. The new measures under review would (1) establish a sliding-scale credit system for housing developers with the effect of boosting the quantity and/or accessibility of newly-built affordable units, (2) increase the developer fee for opting-out of affordable housing requirements, (3) eliminate the current policy that permits affordable units to be constructed off-site, and (4) expand the allowable use of the City’s Affordable Housing Fund to encompass down payment assistance for homeownership.
The City Council will have an opportunity to approve these recommendations following a public hearing next month — part of our ongoing commitment to inclusive, equitable economic growth.
New Rochelle’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) has received a Meritorious Achievement Award from the American Planning Association. This prestigious honor was made possible through a collaborative partnership among City and State officials, planning experts, community leaders, and residents. I look forward to implementing the visionary projects conceived through the DRI process. Read more in this press release.
Since its launch a year ago, Circuit NR, our downtown electric shuttle service, has provided more than 30,000 free trips, reduced vehicle miles traveled in New Rochelle by 38,000, and cut carbon emissions by 15 metric tons. A great start for an innovative program that reflects New Rochelle’s broader commitment to sustainable planning and that complements the City’s ambitious downtown growth.
Last week, Circuit NR received the prestigious Clean Air NY Champions Award. Glad to see our community held up as a positive model. There’s more in this press release.
Question: What is this object? If you can identify it successfully, then you deserve some sort of special prize. I had no clue. The answer follows below.
Answer: It’s part of the pool on the roof deck at 14 Lecount, being lowered into place at the construction site. The photo below makes things a little clearer. A neat image!
Please take this survey. We are asking New Rochelle residents to give us their personal impressions of the City’s planning and development process. Your answers will help establish a baseline that we can use to track progress, as we roll out an innovative virtual reality app in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies. This press release has all the details.
New Rochelle is committed to innovative, inclusive community planning. Through this initiative, we can expand participation in the development process, while also making engagement more constructive and fun.