Family Court Will Move to Garden Street

Rendering of the new Family Court on Garden Street

I am very pleased that the County of Westchester has concluded a lease agreement that will keep Family Court services in New Rochelle at a new location on Garden Street. The Garden Street site, which was supported by the entire City Council, will entail the construction of a modern new facility, with easy access to mass transit and population centers. It is expected to be completed in 2021. More detail in this press release from the County.


Planning Board Approves New Hotel

Rendering of the just-approved TRYP Hotel by Wyndham

Last week, the New Rochelle Planning Board approved the construction of a new 24-story luxury hotel just off I-95’s Exit 16. The project’s exciting design will enhance one of our city’s most prominent gateways, while adding much-needed hotel rooms to keep up with burgeoning demand. There’s a lot more detail in this press release.


Student Interview

From time to time, I receive interview requests from students, and I am always happy to help with their projects. Here’s a particularly nice example from Takunda James, a film student who interviewed me earlier this year. Some great images of New Rochelle in the video, plus a pretty good discussion about planning opportunities.


You Can Choose the Winning Artist

Back in March, New Rochelle and our master developers RXR announced an exciting contest to offer a year’s free rent to one fortunate artist. In response, we received more than 100 outstanding submissions — a tribute to our community’s burgeoning cultural and creativity energy. Since then, an evaluation panel has had the difficult task of choosing three finalists.

Now you have an opportunity to select the winner via an online vote.

Visit this site to read all about the finalists, watch their videos, and cast your vote. And learn more about the contest in this press release.

The voting ends at midnight on July 7th. Good luck to the artists!


Plans Advance for New Boys & Girls Club

Rendering of proposed housing, garage, and new Boys & Girls Club, with Lincoln Park in the foreground

I had been trying to find the right words to describe plans for a new Remington Boys and Girls Club. Fortunately, Council Member Jared Rice did such a good job outlining the project and its context that I need only link to his post. Check it out here. This would be a great resource for the youngsters of our community.


360 Huguenot Begins Leasing

360 Huguenot

360 Huguenot, the first major downtown project from New Rochelle’s master developers at RXR, has begun leasing — another milestone in our city’s ongoing downtown renewal. Read all about it in this press release or on the project’s website.

In addition to both market-rate and affordable apartments, 360 Huguenot will feature a performing arts space, a community gallery, and ground-level businesses, which are still being built out.