I recently sat down with Ina Aronow of the League of Women Voters for a half-hour interview. We discussed New Rochelle’s form of government, the challenges of local leadership in the age of Trump, the new opportunities available to cities, and the big issue . . . beard or no beard. Please watch.
Big, breaking news this week . . . RXR, part of New Rochelle’s master development team, has just announced plans to construct two new towers at the site of the Church-Division parking garage, a stone’s throw from Main Street. At 28 stories each, these towers will contain a combined total of 650 to 700 apartments, … Continue reading Major Announcement Kicks Downtown Development Into High Gear
Please read my op-ed in today’s NY Daily News. Seth Pinsky, the Executive Vice President of RXR Realty (part of New Rochelle’s master development team) and I co-authored the piece. Our op-ed puts New Rochelle’s development goals and methods into a regional context, highlighting our ambitious planning framework as a powerful tool for strengthening the … Continue reading Read Our Op-Ed in the NY Daily News
New Rochelle has chosen MacQuesten Development to redevelop 45 Harrison Street, the present location of our downtown fire station. The selection follows the issuance of an RFP for the site in January and presentations from two capable development teams in May. MacQuesten proposes to construct a 27-story residential tower with ground floor retail/restaurant space. Office … Continue reading New Ro Selects Developer for 45 Harrison
If you missed the 2017 State of the City Address, you can now watch it online by clicking on the embedded video below: Or copy this address into your browser: http://newrochelle.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=1000 And here’s my prior post with the text of the speech.
I just finished delivering my 2017 State of the City Address to an overflow crowd at City Hall. This paragraph sets the theme of the speech: “For our city, this is a moment of unprecedented progress and possibility with exciting opportunities we are privileged to embrace. For our country, this is a moment of unprecedented … Continue reading I Just Finished . . .
Last night, the City Council approved a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Twining Properties for the development of the Long Island Sound waterfront at Echo Bay — a large and important step toward reclaiming the shoreline for the public’s use and enjoyment. Called “Pratt Landing,” the project envisions a mix of homes, shops, offices, hotel … Continue reading Waterfront Plan Advances
Great news for New Rochelle taxpayers: Moody’s Investors Service has upgraded the City’s bond rating to Aa2. That’s our best bond rating in more than 80 years! By reducing borrowing costs, the upgrade should save us hundreds of thousands of dollars. In Moody’s words, “the upgrade reflects the city’s multi-year trend of operational surpluses and … Continue reading New Ro Bond Rating Upgraded – Best in 80 Years!
New Rochelle is seeking proposals for the redevelopment of 45 Harrison Street. That’s where our aging downtown fire station is located, and any new development there would be coupled with the construction of a new, modern fire house, either on- or off-site. While this property is not among the publicly-owned sites committed to our master … Continue reading New Ro Seeks Development Proposals at 45 Harrison
This holiday season and in the New Year, may we take joy in family and friendship and together make a more kind and loving world. Catie, Noam, Jeremy, and Owen