Category Archives: Planning & Development

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

The Most Ambitious Proposal in New Rochelle’s History

The City has received the most ambitious development proposal in New Rochelle’s history — a sweeping, dramatic vision that would fundamentally transform our downtown and reshape the image of our city as a whole. Click here to learn all about it. The proposal, put forward by RXR Realty and Renaissance Downtowns (together: “RDRXR”) responds to … Continue reading The Most Ambitious Proposal in New Rochelle’s History

Iona Receives Start-Up NY Designation — That’s Two for New Ro

Fresh on the heels of the College of New Rochelle’s successful Start-Up NY proposal, Iona College has also been awarded a Start-Up NY designation and will work now to forge a business partnership based on data analytics.  Only two private colleges in Westchester have received a Start-Up NY designation, and they’re both here in New … Continue reading Iona Receives Start-Up NY Designation — That’s Two for New Ro

Investing in Economic Growth

With the lowest municipal tax rate among Westchester’s urban centers and a lean workforce, New Rochelle has done a good job of controlling costs and delivering efficient government to taxpayers.  But over the long-term, we can’t simply cut our way to budget stability, not without eroding our safety and quality of life.  So any sensible … Continue reading Investing in Economic Growth