This just in. New Rochelle has received a Planning Achievement Award from the Westchester Municipal Planning Federation. The Award recognizes our Smart Growth Study, which helped lay the foundation for our downtown master development agreement. It’s a good illustration of how careful planning and preparation can play a vital role in attracting investment and shaping … Continue reading New Ro Receives Planning Award
The City Council had an unusual meeting on Tuesday night. No legislation was considered, no votes were cast, and no hearings were held. Instead, we received a presentation – almost a tutorial – about “form-based codes.” Yes, I know, it sounds like a cure for insomnia, but, actually, the discussion was fascinating – and very … Continue reading Rethinking the Zoning Code
The City is resuming efforts to produce an updated Comprehensive Plan, with a public information session set for May 6th. Here are the meeting details: Wednesday, May 6th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm 2 Clinton Place, 2nd Floor (Offices of Cross Cultural Solutions) In local government lingo, a Comprehensive Plan lays out a strategic vision for … Continue reading Comp Plan Meeting on May 6th
The New Rochelle train station is now home (metaphorically speaking) to some of the city’s most notable residents. A new mural inside the station house celebrates our history with portraits of famous New Rochelleans from days past. If you don’t have time to check it out in person, you can watch this nice report from … Continue reading Train Station Mural Celebrates New Ro History
If you missed my State of the City Address last month, and if reading a transcript isn’t your thing, here’s a video of the speech. The microphone shadow is a little distracting, but otherwise not too bad.
New Rochelle’s ambitious economic development plans are rightly getting a lot of attention, but the City’s downtown revitalization efforts encompass a whole lot of smaller initiatives that are also important. Here’s a good example, called “New Ro’s Pops.” We’ve just issued a Request for Proposals, inviting entrepreneurs to present ideas for outdoor pop-up shops in … Continue reading New Ro’s Pops
Here’s a nice article from the Westchester Business Journal about two new developments that are helping to transform New Rochelle’s transit district and lower North Avenue corridor. Much more to come.
I recently sat down with RNN’s Andrew Whitman for a roughly 15 minute “Newsbreaker” interview, focusing primarily on downtown development issues, but also touching on politics and some personal history. Here’s part 1. And here’s part 2.
The most ambitious downtown development effort in New Rochelle’s history crosses a milestone today with the launch of the crowdsourced placemaking (CSPM) process. Learn more by logging on to www.nrfuture.com. Through CSPM, every resident of New Rochelle will have a chance to suggest ideas, react to the ideas of others, and help shape a more … Continue reading Downtown Development – Share Your Ideas
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