The New Rochelle Department of Development is making every effort to involve City residents in revisions to the City's Comprehensive Plan. The process is called EnvisioNR. But will EnvisioNR result in a future plan for the City that meets the expectations of most of its residents? One salient concern is whether the City will be stronger financially as a result. Another is whether an enhanced quality of life for all neighborhoods will result.Read more
In September development was given a new twist by the present Democratic majority on New Rochelle City Council. They chose the Good Profit plan to be designated for the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the City. Two plans for the neglected Armory in New Rochelle were presented at an August Council meeting. One plan was by Good Profit which proposed two restaurants, a series of vendor stalls for local produce and an exhibition hall in front of the Armory. Save Our Armory committee along with the United Veterans and Memorial Association and the New Rochelle Opera presented a plan which included a theater complex, two restaurants and a local history museum.Read more
WHITE PLAINS, NY -- Business leaders from across the region will be in New Rochelle on September 20 as the city, along with the Westchester County Association, welcomes developers, architects, entrepreneurs and commercial real estate brokers to learn why New Rochelle is an excellent place to do business and create the neighborhoods of the future.
A collaborative marketing effort, spearheaded by the Westchester County Association’s Blueprint for Westchester initiative, will give professionals involved in location decisions a firsthand look at New Rochelle’s many pro-business assets including its unparalleled location, diverse and talented workforce, fine quality of life, and proactive city government.Read more
You may know that September 20 is a special, albeit, not widely known day in the life of New Rochelle. During the morning and early afternoon, members of the real estate, investment community, potential commercial developers and others are scheduled to tour the City along with officials of the Westchester County Association and I would imagine, others on the City's Advisory Board and Council.
I have expressed concerns over the agenda as well as issues around communication, but frankly, I am a little tired of "expressing concern" and seeing it reinforced in comparable areas and venues on the national and state level.
So, let me be as open, optimistic, and hopeful as I can be that the experience is carefully developed to be honest, descriptive, and open to a strong partnership with the County, State and moreover, members of this community.
A major point is to show our visual strengths; cleerly that includes our transportation center, the surrounding areas that would support commercia growth and mostly, our largely fragmentally defined waterfront assets.Read more
Two exciting proposals, two unique visions and one giant collaborative effort to revitalize the New Rochelle Armory in an adaptive re-use project were presented and welcomed by City Council inside chamber doors at City Hall. Both project teams consisted of professional knowledgeable members, many of them local residents of New Rochelle thus reinforcing a drive and enthusiasm to preserve the Armory to provide something unparalleled to anything else.Read more
I was having a few rounds with a friend of mine who is kind of digusted with his life and especially, his surroundings. Nothing new about that in 2012. I have many a day when I wonder what the hell has become of my country, my city and especially my appearance.
But my friend was particularly sour this evening. He spoke about his financial situation, the soaring crime rate, what he labeled "reverse racism" and the Mets losing streak. Nothing new about the latter either.
I got home and began to think about what the problems were from his end, but mostly from my own. I can be a bit of a pollyanna at times; subtituting a hopeful air for a situation calling either for an extended middle finger or better, just joining the herd.
The next morning I was taking a bus downtown and at the stop, three young black kids wearing the uniforms of the Rye Beach recreational area were waiting for their bus. They seemed bright, happy, and Lord be praised, they were a few of the lucky kids who found work.Read more
Small numbers of residents have attended the City of New Rochelle's series of meetings on EnvisioNR which is projected as a new comprehensive plan to update the 1995 plan. But the few that did attend had a lot to say and some of it was critical of past and projected new development.
The New Rochelle Department of Planning's Director, Eleanor Sharpe, led the series of workshops, two of which were held on Friday June 1 and 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and four on June 4, 5, 6 and 7 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.. But even the timing of these workshops was questioned by certain participants who felt they excluded many working residents. Sharpe maintained throughout the dialogue that the City needed to revise the previous plan and stated that a "rule of thumb" suggests that in five years a comprehensive plan needs adjustments, and that the City needed a revision to keep their "competitive advantage."
I want to share with you some points I intend to make on July 10 to the Council regarding planning in general and the 1996 Comprehensive Plan in particular.
Today is yet another sad and all too familiar day regarding the Hastie situation in the School Board. I bring this up only from the point of view that the greater majority of citizens have delegated their rights and responsibilities to a small number of community members and this has not turned out well for us as a rule.
It is particularly fitting as we approach Independence Day to recall the sacrifices made by so many Americans in the service of our country. It doesn't end there -- so many members of our community have more than a passing knowledge or involvement in the horrors brought about by the holocaust, the Pearl Harbor aggression, and more recently, the horrific affront caused by the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and elsewhere.Read more