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Posted on: January 5, 2017

New Rochelle Announces RFP For New Downtown Development Opportunity


Continuing on one of the most ambitious downtown development initiatives in the history of the Hudson Valley, the City of New Rochelle announced today it will be issuing a competitive request for proposal (RFP) to develop a City-owned parcel located at 45 Harrison Street. The location is the current site of New Rochelle Fire Department Station #1.

The Harrison Street property is located between Huguenot and Main Streets, just east of the core Downtown area and in close proximity to I-95. The City-owned site consists of approximately 30,492 square feet and current zoning allows for a building up to 28 stories in height. The winning proposal may include any combination of mixed uses for the property in order to reimagine it to align with the City’s designated Downtown Overlay Zone. The zoning outlines a clear and transparent roadmap for development and sets design standards and community benefit requirements intended to create a thriving, attractive and sustainable city center.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to develop a signature property at New Rochelle’s eastern gateway, adjacent to our downtown core,” noted Development Commissioner Luiz Aragon. “New Rochelle has come together in support of the revitalization of our downtown and this property enhances that vision. We have created the right environment for the ideal live, work and grow landscape and welcome all qualified developers to submit their ideas. Come to New Rochelle, we’re open for business.”

Built in 1966, Fire Station #1, the largest fire station in New Rochelle, consists of a 20,000 square-foot, two-story facility that includes: an 8,000 square-foot ground floor; a 6,200 square-foot second level that currently provides spaces for administrative offices, kitchen facilities, sleeping areas and a large living space; and a 6,200 square-foot basement. The redesign of the 45 Harrison Street property is intended to retain and improve the function of Fire Station #1, either on or off site, and at no time will the station be closed or service interrupted.

The 45 Harrison Street property complements New Rochelle’s overall redevelopment plan, which includes the rezoning of 279 acres of land around its train station in its downtown area and is expected to attract more than $4 billion in new investment. The unprecedented initiative, which was launched in 2015 with the signing of a Master Development agreement with RDRXR – a joint venture of RXR Realty and Renaissance Downtowns LLC, allows for more than 12 million square feet of new construction including up to 2.4 million square feet of prime office space, one million square feet of retail, 6,370 housing units and 1,200 hotel rooms.

The RFP is available here.

About the City of New Rochelle

With an unparalleled location, superb quality of life, diverse and talented residents and a focused business climate, New Rochelle is experiencing the transformation of a lifetime. The City’s economic development plan will provide a spark for the entire Hudson Valley region, positioning it as “open for business” and embracing smart, transit-oriented development growth patterns. Accelerated by a new, fast-track zoning process, the new Master Development initiative will enhance the downtown area by boosting job creation, property values and private investment – while enhancing sustainability through green and energy-efficient design. Learn more at

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