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New Rochelle Council To Vote on Sale of Property

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – A resolution on selling city-owned property at Weyman Avenue and Main Street to diner manufacturer De Raffele will be settled with a vote Tuesday by the New Rochelle City Council.

“That is right in front of the Home Depot complex that most people are familiar with,” City Development Commissioner Michael Freimuth said.

The city received three bids for the 5,000-square-foot former Thruway Diner. The council decided to put the sale to De Raffele on the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting during last week’s committee of the whole session.

The locally owned dining and restaurant facility manufacturer will conduct a site plan review with the city’s planning board and planning department.

Mayor Noam Bramson said he was glad to hear of the progress. “Understanding that it’s not a done deal until certain steps have been accomplished, I’m very pleased by this.”

The diner should not be an eyesore, District Five Council member Barry Fertel said.

District One Council member Louis Trangucci said he wanted to be sure that the $30,000 to be spent on fuel tanks near Costco was saved until after the diner was built to improve the traffic.

“Most are happy if not excited to have this diner come in,” said Trangucci.

De Raffele would build and own the site but have a separate operator manage it.

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