NEW ROCHELLE (May 23, 2012) -- On Monday, May 14, the Joint Planning Committee (JPC) of the City of New Rochelle and Iona College unanimously agreed to reaffirm the February 26 Interim Report on the Planning Process for Iona to develop additional student housing and extend the process for six months allowing time for North Avenue proposals to be thoroughly reviewed and analyzed for potential development. The added time is contingent upon the City Council’s ratification of a five-year extension of the Sunset Provision, established in 2011.
The JPC has worked diligently to review housing options that would be spread across neighborhoods, reduce high-density areas, support the City’s development needs and support Iona’s long-term residency requirements.
“Iona applauds this productive process and the exceptional support of Mayor Noam Bramson, the City Council, city officials and the neighborhood representatives whose work on the committee is a true effort in collaboration,” said Iona President Dr. Joseph E. Nyre. “All members acted in good faith and Iona looks forward to continued, positive relationships with the city and all of its New Rochelle neighbors.”
These initiatives allow for the city and College to, together, assess potential obstacles to development along North Avenue and to provide both a respectful student- and neighbor-centered environment by reducing the number of students living off-campus with monitored and secure on-campus housing.
The JPC was formed in August 2011 and comprised of representatives from the city, Iona and local neighborhood associations to begin positive and meaningful discussions about Iona’s development needs. The established process worked to overcome past obstacles, to consider new perspectives that would demonstrate a transparent partnership and to advance a shared vision for a stronger, more vital campus and city.
In November 2011, Iona College proposed new housing options on or within .5 miles from College property to meet the needs of its increasing residential student population. In March 2012, a “Call for Concepts” inviting developers, property owners, contractors or any party that could provide viable options and alternatives for the remaining need of 170-200 beds was issued and reviewed.