Category Archives: Planning & Development

I’ll Drink to That

New Rochelle is considering a downtown zoning amendment that would allow “tasting rooms” that serve beer and cider. Tasting rooms would have to be associated with a New York State brewery or cidery that uses locally-grown ingredients, although production could be off-site (that last piece would be the main substantive change in our local regulations.) … Continue reading I’ll Drink to That

Good News on Penn Access

Good news from Governor Cuomo today, with the announcement of a major agreement between the MTA and Amtrak to proceed with Penn Access, which will connect Metro-North’s New Haven line to Penn Station. Here’s more from the Governor. Although the press release focuses primarily on benefits for the Bronx, where four new stations will be … Continue reading Good News on Penn Access

Neighborhood Conversation Recap

Back in October, I hosted four “Neighborhood Conversations” around New Rochelle.  If you weren’t able to attend, here’s a link to my presentation.  (This footage is from the final meeting at New Rochelle High School.) At each of these conversations, I used an interactive application called “slido” to survey the audience and invite questions.  Some … Continue reading Neighborhood Conversation Recap

DRI Public Workshop on December 10th

Please join your neighbors for a public workshop to discuss New Rochelle’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative.  Our City is utilizing a $10 million State grant to establish stronger physical and economic connections between the Lincoln Avenue Corridor and our downtown.  Learn more and offer your ideas from 6:30pm to 8:30pm on December 10th at the Remington … Continue reading DRI Public Workshop on December 10th

Follow Our (DRI) Progress

Since New Rochelle’s selection as the recipient of New York State’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI), we have been working quickly to make the most of this exciting opportunity — first by convening a Local Planning Committee to evaluate options, and now by launching a website chock-a-block with information. Visit to learn about the DRI … Continue reading Follow Our (DRI) Progress

Amazon HQ2 Announcement is Good News for New Rochelle

Amazon will be splitting their second national headquarters between two locations: Arlington, VA and Long Island City in Queens — and that’s very good news for New Rochelle. Why?  When Penn Access is completed in a few years, Metro-North’s New Haven line will pass directly through Long Island City en route to Penn Station.  And … Continue reading Amazon HQ2 Announcement is Good News for New Rochelle

Local Planning Committee Will Help Shape DRI Investment

A Local Planning Committee (“LPC”) has been established to help New Rochelle think through how best to utilize the $10 million grant we recently won through New York’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative. The LPC is composed of local and regional leaders, as well as community, neighborhood, and business advocates.  Here’s a full list of the members, … Continue reading Local Planning Committee Will Help Shape DRI Investment