Iona's North Avenue Residence Hall Project planning in progress!
Iona's North Avenue Residence Hall Project planning in progress, there is a Public Meeting/Hearing for the proposed North Avenue Residence Hall Project at the old Mirage Dinner Site schedule for tomorrows planning Board Meeting. http://www.newrochelleny.com/Calendar.aspx?EID=1685
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Iona College buying property on North Avenue and puts out new RFP!Read more
The Young Companies, LLC, builders of Huguenot Hills, will appear before the New Rochelle Planning Board for a Special Permit to increase profits on their 601 North Avenue property. The Young Companies have defied the City of New Rochelle and Huguenot Hills homeowners, who have issued violations for the absence of gutters on the Huguenot Hills complex. The failure to complete the roof drainage & storm water management is a violation of the approved plans and violates state, county & local codes. Young has delayed the completion of the gutter system because he can’t afford to pay Consolidated Edison the funds to wrap the electric service wires to allow safe completion of the drainage system. There are many questions raised; How did this building pass final inspection and receive a Certificate of Occupancy? Who was the building inspector who performed and signed-off on the final inspection? Why has the city allowed Young to thumb his nose at the violation and not demand he make homeowners whole immediately?Read more
High Density Buildings on North Avenue in New Rochelle Possible by Peggy Godfrey in Westchester Herald, August l0, 2009
Ten story buildings are still under consideration by the New Rochelle City Council for North Avenue under a rezoning proposal. In February 2008 a study by AKRF had originally proposed the need for building a deck on the City Hall parking lot and re-timing all the traffic lights on North Avenue to accommodate this rezoning At that time two twelve story towers were proposed with a middle section of eight stories
A revised new proposal on high density zoning will be presented to New Rochelle City Council on August 10. Because mixed use (e.g. business and residential combined) will be in the plan, a floating overlay zoning will be used to give "density bonuses." The proposed height of buildings is 4 floors and the maximum floor area ratio (FAR) is 3.0. But this FAR sharply contrasts to the neighborhood business zoning which allows a FAR of 0.5.
What does FAR mean? According to Wikipedia, FAR is the "ratio of the total floor area of building on a certain location to the size of that location, or the limit imposed on such a ratio." In other words it is the total square feet of the building divided by the area of the plot.
City Council's August Highlights; New Rochelle's North Avenue Rezoning Revisited by Peggy Godfrey Westchester Herald, August 17, 2009
The late Rabbi Jacob and Debbie Rubenstein who died tragically in a house fire were honored by naming the pathway at Carpenter's Pond for them. A hearing was set on the Hotel Occupancy tax for September 8 at 8 p.m. Governor Patterson signed this bill into law on July ll. This law, if approved, would tax any hotel with more than four rooms. Anyone who was not a permanent resident in a hotel would be taxed, but certain exemptions for religious, educational and charitable nonprofits would apply.
The surprise of the City Council special meeting on August l0 was that the proposed North Avenue rezoning was not discussed or scheduled for a public hearing. Rather it will be re-introduced in September. Two council members were not present and it was announced by Mayor Noam Bramson that both Councilman Albert Tarantino and Councilman Richard St. Paul had asked that this item be held over for September.