By Stephen E. Lipken
Exciting changes to the Train Station were outlined at the Tuesday, April 23rd New Rochelle City Council Regular Legislative Meeting (RLM), beginning with Scholar Painting LLC’s bid to repaint the outside of the building for $63,320, plus 15% contingency of $9,498, for a total project cost of $72,818 and occupancy of the first and second levels by B. Roasters Coffee Company.
Additionally, B. Roasters excited to embrace New Rochelle’s arts and cultural initiative by hosting a monthly spotlight on a local artist, including artwork displays. They envision acting as the host environment for interactive engagement between customers and participating artists.
With the Villages of Pelham and Pelham Manor joining the City in an Intermunicipal Agreement (IMA), each municipality agrees to pay PCI Industries Corp. for street surface milling, crack sealing, asphalt resurfacing, drainage, and ADA ramps from State Consolidated State and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) funding of $1,132,503, pending State confirmation. The City will provide $1,000,000 through bonding and submit for reimbursement the Weaver Street grant of $440,000. There is approximately $200,000 unexpended money from the 2018 award.
A Green Parking Garage is planned for 25 Maple Avenue, thanks to a Land Development Agreement (LDA) with Wilder Balter/L+M (WBLM), consisting of a 7-story 180-unit residential building atop a two-story podium of approximately 318 parking spaces. WBLM will utilize the $1 million 2017 Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) Award to the City from Empire State Development for the construction of 200 municipal parking spaces.
Examples of green elements include electrical vehicle charging stations, drop off/pick up passenger area; car-sharing and on-street bike storage/share.
Finally, a Public Hearing was called for Tuesday, May 14, regarding regulation of discount variety stores posing a number of concerns for businesses, as their presence and quality of products could discourage other retailers from locating in the same neighborhoods.
Commissioner of Development Luiz Aragon recommended that store areas be confined to no more than 2,000 feet to facilitate parking and limited within the City through zoning.