Category Archives: Planning & Development

State of the City – Unprecedented Opportunity for Downtown Progress

I just finished delivering my annual State of the City address to a packed house at the Davenport Club. My remarks follow below. You can also download the speech as a pdf. I focused this year on New Rochelle’s unprecedented opportunity to develop and invigorate our downtown – a challenge linked to every other civic priority. I hope … Continue reading State of the City – Unprecedented Opportunity for Downtown Progress

New Rochelle Economy Heating Up

New Rochelle’s economy is really starting to take off, with two new private developments coming before the City Council this month, and several others at various points in the proposal/review/approval pipeline. The projects presented at our last Council meeting are located slightly north of the train station, in an area that has suffered from underinvestment, … Continue reading New Rochelle Economy Heating Up

Branding Exercise Reaches Milestone

Last year, New Rochelle launched a professional “branding” exercise, aimed at better defining and marketing our community’s strengths.  A good brand can help attract investment, support business, and generate enthusiasm among residents and visitors alike, so there’s a lot at stake. We’re just now wrapping up the first stage of this process, which involved surveys, … Continue reading Branding Exercise Reaches Milestone

Wall Street Journal Profiles New Ro Development

Today’s Wall Street Journal includes this article profiling New Rochelle’s push for transit-oriented development.  (You’ll have to be a subscriber to access the full content.) New Rochelle is a classic “first suburb,” with challenges and opportunities that resemble those of other inner-ring communities around the country.  That’s why national and regional publications have an interest … Continue reading Wall Street Journal Profiles New Ro Development

City & School District Plan for Growth

For a downtown area to really ignite with economic and cultural energy, you usually need residential and commercial density — more people, doing more things, spending more money.  That’s why New Rochelle’s ambitious development goals call for significant growth around Main Street and our transit district. But new population also means extra demands on infrastructure … Continue reading City & School District Plan for Growth

Ready to Roll: Master Development Agreement Approved

The most ambitious development in New Rochelle’s history is officially ready to roll.  Last night, the City Council unanimously approved a Master Development Agreement (“MDA”) covering multiple sites throughout our downtown and transit area.  The terms of the MDA had been under negotiation since October, when the City designated RDRXR as our partner. Now that … Continue reading Ready to Roll: Master Development Agreement Approved

Sustainable Westchester Launches

I was honored to be chosen this month to join the founding Board of Directors for Sustainable Westchester, an inter-municipal consortium focused on positive environmental and planning practices.  The launch of Sustainable Westchester completes a merger of two organizations that had previously worked separately in the southern and northern portions of the county.  As a … Continue reading Sustainable Westchester Launches

Whadya Think About New Ro? Tell Us In This Survey.

A few months ago, New Rochelle launched a community-wide “branding” initiative to help us better define and market our city’s unique characteristics.  Now, you have a chance to weigh in by completing a 25 question survey. What makes New Rochelle special?  What needs to change?  How is New Rochelle different from other communities?  Let us … Continue reading Whadya Think About New Ro? Tell Us In This Survey.

Parking Management Overhaul for New Rochelle

While we’re aiming to make New Rochelle’s downtown more walkable and bike-friendly, there’s no question that a successful business district still needs safe, attractive, and customer-friendly parking options. Over the years, the City has worked toward this goal by upgrading parking lots, installing better meters, and adding new spaces on-street.  It’s been an incremental process, … Continue reading Parking Management Overhaul for New Rochelle

Extensive Press Coverage for Master Developer Designation

The City’s designation last week of a Master Developer for our downtown and transit district attracted a lot of press attention, as well as glowing comments from regional organizations like the Westchester County Association and the Westchester Business Council.  Check out the links below: The Daily Voice Fios 1 News Westchester Business Journal Journal News … Continue reading Extensive Press Coverage for Master Developer Designation