By Stephen E. Lipken
The New Rochelle City Council hosted two rival developers regarding the 45 Harrison Street Firehouse property at their Tuesday, May 9 Committee of the Whole (COW) meeting.
Introduced by Commissioner of Development Luiz Aragon, Peter Brock, Partner, Brock Services Corporation intimated that his first building was the Radisson in New Rochelle. “When it became apparent that this was going to be a residential-driven project, I wanted someone with experience in the residential game so I chose the Richman Group. We plan to pay the City $7 million dollars for the land upon approval.”
Richard Paul Richman, Chairman, Richman Real Estate Investments, Inc. said that building will consist of three phases: 1) Build a 10-story mixed income project on the Brock-Rosen site which will consist of 100 residential units, approximately 12,000 square feet of retail and 152 parking spaces…It is anticipated that construction will occur simultaneously with the relocation of the Fire Station. 2) Construct a 12-story mixed income, mixed use building on a portion of the Request for Proposal (RFP) site, consisting of 100 residential units, an office condo of approximately 42,000 sq. ft., approximately 12,000 sq. ft. of retail and approximately 252 parking spaces. 3) A 10-story mixed income project on a portion of the RFP site consisting of 100 residential units, approximately 12,000 sq. ft. of retail and approximately 130 parking spaces.
On the second team, Joe Apicella, Managing Director of Development, MacQuesten Development LLC, stated, “You want two things to happen, a brand new Firehouse to serve the evolving and burgeoning…population in the Downtown area and a project that reflects the overlay zoning and anticipated economic vibrancy. Most importantly, we can do it in one phase.”
Jonathan Delcambre, Vice President Humphreys & Partners, Architects outlined plans for a 27-story, 282-unit multifamily building with approximately 9500 square feet of restaurant/retail space, a four-story parking garage and full amenity package totaling 10,000 square feet.