Category Archives: Planning & Development

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

CNR Lands START-UP NY Designation

The College of New Rochelle (CNR) is the first private college in the Mid-Hudson Region to receive an official designation from the START-UP NY program.  This will enable CNR to attract emerging businesses in fields such as biotechnology, information technology, re-manufacturing, advance materials, engineering, or electronic products to space at its New Rochelle campus. The … Continue reading CNR Lands START-UP NY Designation

Heritage Homes Phase II Ground-Breaking

This morning, I attended the ground-breaking for the second phase of the Heritage Homes housing development.  This all-affordable, townhouse-style project, about a block west of City Hall, replaces a mid-rise public housing complex that is being torn down.  The new design significantly improves the quality of our local affordable housing stock and strengthens physical links … Continue reading Heritage Homes Phase II Ground-Breaking

New Rochelle Traffic Pattern: Back to the Future?

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?

Helping (a Little) with the Regional Plan

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

New Rochelle Designates Twining Properties as Waterfront Developer

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

Journal News Looks at New Rochelle’s Transit Potential

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

Development & Schools in New Rochelle – Taking a Broader, Better Look

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

New Waterfront Proposals for New Rochelle’s Echo Bay

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