NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - As New Rochelle officials continue “ one of the most ambitious downtown development initiatives in the history of the Hudson Valley ,” they have opened up bidding for a valuable city-owned property on Harrison Street.
On Thursday, New Rochelle officials announced that they’ve issued a competitive request for proposal (RFP) to develop the parcel at 45 Harrison St., the site of New Rochelle Fire Station No. 1.
The property is located between Huguenot and Main Streets, east of the downtown business district , in the vicinity of I-95 . It includes more than 30,000-square-feet and is zoned to allow for a building 28 stories in height.
Presently, Fire Station No. 1 is the largest in New Rochelle, housing administrative offices, kitchen facilities, sleeping areas, a large living space and basement. The redesign of the location would be coupled with a redesign of the station, whether on- or off-site.
According to city officials, “the winning proposal may include any combination of mixed uses for the property in order to reimagine it to align with the city’s designated Downtown Overlay Zone. The zoning outlines a clear and transparent roadmap for development and sets design standards and community benefit requirements intended to create a thriving, attractive and sustainable city center.”
“This is a tremendous opportunity to develop a signature property at New Rochelle’s eastern gateway, adjacent to our downtown core,” Development Commissioner Luiz Aragon stated.
“New Rochelle has come together in support of the revitalization of our downtown and this property enhances that vision. We have created the right environment for the ideal live, work and grow landscape and welcome all qualified developers to submit their ideas. Come to New Rochelle, we’re open for business.”
Late last year, city officials declared New Rochelle “open for business,” approving a new zoning plan that “paved the way for the most significant economic rebirth in the city’s historic downtown.”
“When we say New Rochelle is open for business, we mean New Rochelle is open for business,” New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson said at the groundbreaking of a 28-story project on Main Street last month. “This project, along with many others, is powerful evidence that the new opportunities and potential here in New Rochelle are now seen clearly by the development and investment community, far and wide.
“This project represents something bigger than all of us. It’s not just about bricks and mortar or dollars and cents. It’s about taking hold of our future.”