Over the weekend, the Journal News ran this article about a potentially big shift in New Rochelle’s downtown traffic patterns — changing Main and Huguenot Streets from one-way to two-way. There are good arguments to be made both for and against this idea. On the pro side, a two-way pattern could provide easier access to … Continue reading New Rochelle Traffic Pattern: Back to the Future?
For almost a century, the Regional Plan Association (RPA) has been at the forefront of efforts to address economic, environmental, transportation, and infrastructure challenges in the New York metropolitan area. RPA’s work is important and often visionary, so I was delighted to be invited to help draft RPA’s Fourth Regional Plan – a document that … Continue reading Helping (a Little) with the Regional Plan
Following presentations from four development teams last month, the City has selected a new partner to help us revitalize the Echo Bay waterfront: Twining Properties. You can read more about Twining’s proposal and professional experience in the official press release. At the City Council’s direction, our staff will now negotiate the terms of a Memorandum … Continue reading New Rochelle Designates Twining Properties as Waterfront Developer
There’s a good article in today’s Journal News, highlighting New Rochelle’s strength as a transit hub and potential magnet for economic growth. When the planned link between Metro-North and Penn Station is completed in a few years, New Rochelle will be the community closest to Manhattan with direct service to both the east and west … Continue reading Journal News Looks at New Rochelle’s Transit Potential
New Rochelle’s City government and School District are teaming up to take a better and more comprehensive look at the interplay between development goals and educational services and facilities. This is not a new issue. Residential development is very important to New Rochelle’s future, but every time new housing is proposed, many residents express concerns … Continue reading Development & Schools in New Rochelle – Taking a Broader, Better Look
Earlier this week, four development and architecture teams presented to the City Council new proposals for the Echo Bay waterfront. Here’s a webcast of the presentations. (Click on the link for the June 10th meeting – this is the first item on the agenda.) And here are links to the presentation materials. It is now … Continue reading New Waterfront Proposals for New Rochelle’s Echo Bay
“Alternative Futures” may sound like the premise of a science fiction tale, but in this case, it refers to a report prepared by the faculty and students of the Columbia University Urban Design Lab, who spent several months looking at planning concepts for New Rochelle. Along with several other documents, “Alternative Futures” was circulated to … Continue reading Alternative Futures
The energy and diversity of a city. The graciousness of a historic suburb. The natural beauty of the shore. And very soon the best commute in metropolitan New York. New Rochelle is the next big opportunity. Today, the City is inviting qualified real estate development firms to join us in creating a regional and national … Continue reading The Next Big Opportunity
For decades, the Regional Plan Association (RPA) has played a vital role in shaping the growth of the New York metropolitan area, addressing the interrelated challenges of transportation, development, sustainability, infrastructure, and land use. The professionals enlisted by RPA are among the most highly-respected in the world, and their efforts have a significant impact on … Continue reading The Fourth Regional Plan
I recently sat down with Ina Aronow of the League of Women Voters for a really good half-hour discussion. Our talk focused mainly on future development plans, but also looked back at last year’s campaign and at the Echo Bay project. Please watch.