As the city council wrestles with the decision on whether or not to grant extensions to developers, prime property sits, vacant, nearly blighted.Read more
There is a south end house known for ghoulish Halloween decorations that has disconcerted some Trinity protective PTA moms for years. The house at 185 Pelham Road has had hanging corpses and bloody bodies in cages. Now it is undergoing a major renovation by New Rochelle Habitat for Humanity. This weekend West Point Cadets joined local volunteers in completely gutting the once charming but more recently derelict, slate-roofed cottage style house on the corner of Pelham Road and Mt. Etna. Click here for pictures from Saturday - http://www.habitatwc.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=640&I...
Over the last month, neighbors rejoiced to see major dead tree limbs and healthy poison ivy vines removed and other visible changes to the yard. This is a welcome sight to the neighborhood; especially after a summer fire destroyed the house's detached garage and badly damaged the siding of the next door house. Major renovations are going on inside the house as well.Read more
Imagine the surprise in hearing WVOX report the Chamber of Commerce's decision to cancel the Thanksgiving Day Parade . According to the report, The decision was made Tuesday night to forgo the traditional parade , a staple of community gathering for the past 47 years, due to lack of support. This is a shock and, might I say, an embarrassment as a New Rochelle resident . The president of WVOX, commented on the news with a sad tone to his editorial as he spoke about the lack of "mom and pop" businesses along the route who typically enjoyed the bounty of people congregating along the way. You don't usually hear a sad tone when Bill O'Shaughnessy speaks.
You can't help but wonder how a decision like this takes shape and what it actually says about the condition of this fine city. There are, in fact, about 50 kids in the Webster School Twirler Squad who have been working after school for weeks in hopes of marching, wide eyed and smiling ear to ear, thankful for the opportunity to show off a little, as they stake their claim as part of our community. It was sad to watch their eyes well up when they found out they wouldn't get their 15 minutes of fame after working so hard. How do you explain to them it's because nobody cared enough ? What's the lesson to be learned here?Read more
There will be a meeting of the Sound End Civic League, Monday September 14 at the YMCA on Weyman Avenue, 7:30 p.m.Read more
I agree , in these times we all need to pay more attention to the conditions around us . From Echo Bay to LeCount Place to our school taxes , Avalon 911 calls , budget contractions , Board of Ed challenges , and on and on , there hasn't been this much focus on so many issues for as long as I can remember . Personally , I support this kind of participation by the citizens . I once wrote that things will get better and perhaps it will have more to do with what we do rather than the politicians , and believe me , the more we get involved , in anything/ everything , the better New Rochelle will be for all of us .Read more
There will be no room for remorse . That about sums it up when speaking of the consequences of misguided demolition . The fact is , there has been no actual review of the possibilities of an adaptive re-use of the Armory , by this or any other administration . The only consideration given was the City asking the most recent developer , Forest City- Ratner , what they want to do with the property . Hardly in-depth thinking . Granted the city doesn't have much experience in this area , but that only reinforces the need to stop and take a closer look at just what might happen and what we will loose forever . There is no going back .Read more
The world premiere production of Crazy Enough will not take place at the New Rochelle Center Stage at the Armory so it will not be weaving music and story into a ride through the darkest alleys and brightest vistas faced by the human mind. Instead, the Armory sits idle, awaiting Noam Bramson's wrecking ball.
If we take a look at some stellar examples of the principles I spoke of earlier, we can use some imagination and apply some of their best ideas to the Armory. I often point to the Portland Center Stage Armory for many reasons but primarily for Portland's approach to their project . At one point, the Portland Armory was to be demolished but it was saved at the last moment. In that particular case, salvation came in the form of a theater company looking for a home.
The engineering firm behind the reinvention of the Portland Armory as a theater space:Read more
"The greenest building is the one that's already built" is not just a new catchphrase . It is a proven concept that is being applied to historic and non historic buildings all across the country . Take the Portland Armory as an example . In the Jan '07 issue of www.Metropolis Mag.com , Brian Libby writes "In October it became the first historic-building renovation to earn a LEED Platinum rating from the U.S. Green Building Council—a transformation that illuminates just how tricky (yet ultimately feasible) it can be to strike a balance between the principles of sustainability and preservation." . Numerous other projects are realizing how clear the choice is when trying to save a significant piece of a cultures history and move forward with development .From Bizjournals.com we hear “We wanted to preserve it, the historical significance of it,” said Seth Patton, vice president for finance and management at Denison University, referring to Cleveland Hall. “It’s an attractive old building. It also fits into current thinking on environmental sustainability – to reuse what you can rather than tearing down and starting over.” “Everyone likes to throw the ‘green’ word around, especially with new construction,” Jenkins said. “Actually, one of the greenest ways to act in the construction industry is to reuse existing structures.Read more