From the October 5, 2009 Westchester Tribune
The discussion by the New Rochelle City Council on whether to accept the North Avenue study ended when Katherine Gill, Legal Counsel, stated that the request by Councilman Richard St. Paul for removal of the section from Sickles Avenue to the New Rochelle train station, necessitated changes in the report. Mayor Noam Bramson had introduced the study by saying there were three areas that needed to be addressed. First, the potential for set-backs between businesses and residences because nothing in the present law required them. Second how was the greater density of 3.0 (FAR) arrived at, and would a lower density have a stimulus effect? Third, what is the status of the possible rezoning of areas off North Avenue?
Graham Trelstad representing AKRF chose to address the second question first. He said present conditions were looked at and how people felt about the present height of buildings. The building coverage is 80-90% of the lots, but he admitted New Rochelle is largely a suburban city. He felt a FAR of 3.0 would be the most likely way to redevelop the area. An analysis of set-backs could be completed. He felt the Fifth Avenue rezoning would allow development especially since the area is presently not entirely residential.