NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- New Rochelle has hit the ground running with its first community meeting on the city’s Comprehensive Plans, says Councilman Jared Rice in a recent post on his website.
Several hundred people attended the recent meeting at Bethesda Baptist Church, specifically to be updated on plans for the Lincoln Avenue corridor, Rice said.
Luiz C. Aragon, the city’s commissioner of development, introduced the concepts behind the Comprehensive Plan, and the city’s consultants, BFJ, made a presentation, Rice said.
Some of the concerns raised, Rice said, included the following:
- Lincoln Park : Last year the park’s own plan included the expansion of its community garden, a grant for new playground equipment, and funds for security cameras. The Comprehensive Plan gives the community another way to explore ways of continuing to improve the park, Rice said.
- Remington Boys and Girls Club : The Remington unit is owned by city, but decisions about its fate is in the hands of the Boys and Girls Club of New Rochelle, Rice said, adding that he would support the club whether it decides to renovate the building or build a brand-new facility.
- Better and safer traffic flows : Before any zoning or density changes can be considered, the city needs to address traffic issues, Rice said. Traffic congestion continues to plague Lincoln Avenue from from North Avenue to Prince Street. He also pointed to Memorial Highway, where speeders and “awkward" turning lanes can cause hazardous conditions.
Rice also addressed quality-of-life issues like dirty streets and sidewalks. Upgraded trash and recyclable receptacles and greater beautification efforts would go a long way to solving the problem, he said.
Housing and retail development are also concerns.
Some are worried that building more housing will increase traffic and the number of children in local schools, among other things, the councilman's post said.
However, others say there is a great need for workforce housing. The Comprehensive Plan process will help the city analyze the situation, Rice said.
Rice said he would make himself available to host small discussion groups before the next big community meeting.
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