Iona College officials have reached an agreement with the city to drop pending litigation and begin the process of a multi-million dollar expansion of two of its buildings.
Officials announced the agreement this week which “when fully executed, will allow for the inward expansion of two campus buildings while addressing neighborhood concerns regarding the campus perimeter, and resolving recent legal disputes.”
As part of the scope of the $17.5 million project, Hagan Hall and Spellman Hall will be expanded, updated and upgraded on campus, avoiding any disturbances to nearby neighbors.
“The city wants Iona to be a thriving college that grows in a fashion consistent with our community’s planning principles and that continues to maintain a mutually respectful and supportive relationship with its neighbors” New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson said in a statement. “Through this comprehensive agreement, the City, the College, and nearby residents have an opportunity to accomplish these important goals together.”
The agreement includes the discontinuation of pending litigation against the city and releases the city and its officials from any related claims.
“With this framework in place, the City of New Rochelle and Iona College can continue to move forward productively," City Manager Charles B. Strome, III added. "I appreciate the resolve and diligence of all who worked to achieve this agreement.”
Officials said that the agreement includes an environmental impact review of the project, outside of the current Generic Environmental Impact Statement and recognition “ of Iona’s longstanding efforts to improve surrounding residential neighborhoods and commercial corridors.”
Iona has also committed to the continued engagement of a “Town-Gown” committee composed of representatives from the City, Iona College and the New Rochelle community to facilitate ongoing discussion of shared interests for the community, the College and the City.
“We are pleased to have reached this agreement to move forward with the expansion of Spellman and Hagan Halls and offer outstanding learning environments for our students,” Iona College President Joseph Nyre stated. “Seeking input from our neighbors and the community has always been important to the College. We remain committed to being good neighbors to our good neighbors.”
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