NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - Officials at Iona College have announced bold plans to improve its main campus and revitalize its presence on North Avenue in New Rochelle.
Following several meetings with New Rochelle officials and residents, Iona College President Joseph Nyre announced that the college’s future planning is “focused on the main campus and North Avenue.”
According to Iona College’s Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration Anne Mari Schettini-Lynch, “feasibility review and feedback from the community has helped clarify the college’s focus, with several of the projects (now) subject to design approval and fundraising.”
If the proper funds are raised, the college has proposed three major projects. Designs and plans are complete and permitting applications to modernize the current business school, which is located at the center of Iona’s campus. Officials have also proposed improvements for the Hynes Athletic Center and addition to the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
With the appropriate fundraising, it is estimated that those projects could be completed within five years.
On Tuesday, officials also announced their intention to continue Iona’s revitalization initiative of the North Avenue Corridor.
“The College owns several retail spaces on North Avenue and intends to utilize these for both academic and retail space open to the community. Academic space on North Avenue includes a business entrepreneurship incubator and a clinical training center. Retail space includes the expansion of Gemelli’s restaurant, and SAGE Cafe|Market|More, which will be will be open to the general public and provide a casual contemporary dining experience at 690 North Ave.”