Proposed Pelham Corridor Waterfront Development Floating Zone Amendment Discussed

By Stephen E. Lipken


New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson opened the September 20th City Council Regular Legislative Meeting (RLM), announcing the re-appointment of Belkys Reyes-Cuni for a fourth term to the Historical Landmark and Review Board and the re-appointment of John Giacobbe to Board of Assessment Review.

Next, the U.S. Department of Transportation/Maritime Administration contacted the City regarding two builder’s plates from the SS New Rochelle Victory, a World War II victory ship launched in 1945 that served in the Korean War.  City Manager Charles B. Strome III recommended that the plaques be displayed in City Hall Rotunda; the Resolution passed.


Anthony Gioffre III, Managing Partner, Cuddy and Feder, appeared at the September 13th Committee of the Whole meeting to petition the establishment of the Pelham Corridor Waterfront Development (PCWD) Floating District Zoning Amendment, located at 366 & 368 Pelham Road.


According to Gioffre, the development program consists of 302 residential units, 10,795 square feet of commercial retail space intended to support water-enhanced uses, 497 parking spaces, various residential amenities and public pedestrian access and improvements, reinvigorate a currently vacant parcel and promote waterfront access and economic development.


A check amounting to $10,000, made payable to the City was submitted, the fee for the rezoning petition.


Continuing Gioffre’s request, Carol Samol, Deputy Commissioner of Planning and Economic Development stated that the PCWD goal is to create high-quality attractive public open space, including a continuous pathway and well-designed buildings to make best use of limited waterfront opportunities, providing a new amenity in New Rochelle.