TOD & Downtown Cluster
Through a number of studies and planning exercises, critiqued and refined with the assistance of several nationally recognized professional planning and design experts, the City has identified a set of real estate development goals and objectives it seeks to implement over the next several years.
The overarching concept for development downtown is the creation of an active, mixed-use district with convenient, safe, and pleasant access to the New Rochelle Transportation Center. This plan would incorporate the development of economically diverse high quality housing, modern retail, commercial, office and hotel space integrated with a well-designed pedestrian friendly streetscape and by an abundance of green space.
Master Development Agreement Signed with RDRXR
To that end, the New Rochelle City Council unanimously approved a Master Developer Agreement (“MDA”) with RDRXR at a special council meeting on December 15, signaling the start of the largest and most significant economic development initiative in the city’s history. The goals of this effort are to:
- Enhance our city’s downtown area in a way that appeals to members of our entire city and the larger region and serves as a catalyst for job creation, economic growth, private investment, and higher property values.
- Usher New Rochelle into the 21st century, while respecting our city’s history and soul, and celebrating and enhancing New Rochelle’s cultural and artistic vitality.
- Leverage and utilize New Rochelle’s unparalleled location and transit access to provide attractive housing options for young professionals, seniors and the workforce.
- Strengthen New Rochelle’s tax base and provide a positive return to taxpayers.
- Improve our environment through green, sustainable, energy-efficient design while creating a new skyline with iconic architecture that inspires civic pride.
Read December 15, 2014 news release
Master Developer Agreement
Downtown Redevelopment Overview
RDRXR Powerpoint Presentation to City Council- October 2014
RDRXR Presentation to City Council- October 2014
Recommended Action Plan Presented to Council
Since their unanimous approval as Master Developer by City Council last December, RDRXR has worked with the City and the community to co-create the Recommended Action Plan. The RAP was presented to City Council at their special meeting on August 18.
The RAP builds on the foundation of past and present planning efforts undertaken by the City relating to the downtown area and transit center, with the goal of creating a vibrant, ethnically and culturally diverse community that draws people from across New Rochelle and throughout Westchester and the wider region.
In addition to analyzing previously and newly conducted planning studies, the RAP also includes a report and analysis of stakeholder and community input received through RDRXR’s Crowdsourced Placemaking (CSPM) process, as well as recommendations for zoning code amendments and other complementary programs and investments..
The RAP envisions a downtown and transit area that would include a healthy and exciting mix of housing options, retail, commercial, office, hotel space, as well as community and cultural facilities. In developing the plan, RDRXR and the City studied the projected market opportunities in the area, based on forecast economic and demographic trends. The public outreach process has been among the City's most comprehensive, with over a thousand members engaged online and dozens of meetings of meetings across the city attended by hundreds of residents and stakeholders.
The City and RDRXR will now focus on completing the requirements of the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act, as a part of which a draft generic environmental impact statement will be presented to the City Council in mid-September. Thereafter, the City Council will be asked to consider the plan for formal approval and adoption.
Recommended Action Plan
The Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement was accepted as complete by Council on September 24.
Suzanne Reider, Senior Project Manager
Department of Development, City Hall
515 North Avenue, New Rochelle, NY 10801