In just the past decade, New Rochelle has been named one of the Best Places to Live by Money magazine, one of Businessweek’s Best Places to Raise Your Kids, and one of Prevention’s 100 Best Walking Cities in the U.S. The city’s history goes back to 1688, when it was founded by the Huguenots, who named it for the artisan town of La Rochelle in France. Today it borders Larchmont, Scarsdale, Pelham, Eastchester and the Long Island Sound, and it has both a suburban and urban appeal. New Rochelle has several colleges, such as Iona College of New Rochelle and Monroe College, and its private schools include Thornton-Donovan, Iona Prep and Westchester Torah Academy. There are also many early childhood programs and a full-day kindergarten. The downtown area offers entertainment, ethnic restaurants, shopping and recreation, and even a large dog-friendly park. The city’s allure has attracted new eateries, coffee shops and art galleries, and it boasts public and private tennis courts, beautiful parks and private swim clubs on the Sound, where you can enjoy magnificent views and boating. The Metro North express station is an easy 29-minute commute to Grand Central Station and is also an Amtrak hub. It is convenient to highways, shopping and houses of worship. You’ll have a large choice of housing, including multi-families, co-ops, new condominiums, rentals and single-family homes in all prices and styles. There are waterfront communities with relatively new homes, some of which are gated. A large area in downtown New Rochelle will be revitalized by RDRXR into a mixed-use space, including upscale rental units, hotels, and retail.
Recently, the New Rochelle planning board approved a new development proposal, allocating $149 million to transform three major sections of the city. The first major project entails a 28-story mixed-use building with an accompanying 8,000-square-foot entertainment space at the former Loews Theater site in the heart of New Rochelle's downtown. The new structure is anticipated to attract approximately 11,000 new residents to downtown New Rochelle, and the new theater complex is expected to spur the economy by tapping into the $135 billion arts industry. The modernized downtown area is directed towards attracting millennials and new restaurants and businesses that officially mark New Rochelle “open for business.” To date, there are many new restaurants in New Rochelle’s downtown area, upscale wine bars, liquor store and cafes.
The second course of action regarding the allocated money is redefining the waterfront area of downtown New Rochelle by privatizing the beach area and building condos that will be sold for over $1 million each. The Davenport will be home to upscale single family, new waterfront condominiums and multifamily housing that will increase tax revenue and gain capital for the city.
The city looks to create a seven-story, 75-unit apartment building near Montefiore Hospital that offers affordable housing for doctors and nurses. The project also includes medical-related facilities — such as doctors’ offices, clinical labs and educational centers — on Union Avenue from First Street to Warren Street.
New Rochelle has been rated as one of the top places to live in Westchester.
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