About Planning the Place

PLACE: Creating a Waterfront Place

New Rochelle has over 9.3 miles of waterfront with great public parks, marinas, private clubs, homes and industrial areas. Most of the waterfront is built out. A few industrial and parking areas still provide the opportunity for a new kind of waterfront experience, a “Waterfront Place” for everyone in New Rochelle to enjoy.

The last major undeveloped waterfront land lies between the Main Street shopping corridor and Echo Bay. Today the 27.3 acre area includes an old cement plant, the abandoned Armory, a contaminated City Yard, a large parking lot and a sewer treatment plant. Echo Bay connects the Long Island Sound to the east and has two beautiful parks, a marina and residential neighborhoods to the north and south. But it remains undeveloped along its western edge right where it connects to Main Street.

The Boston Post Road, a regional artery linking the entire Eastern Seaboard, is also New Rochelle’s historic Main Street lined with shops, restaurants and once movie theaters and department stores.  The core walkable shopping area centered around Main Street and North Avenue is reviving and activity is extended with Monroe College to Echo Avenue. From Echo Avenue to Larchmont the Main Street shifts from walkable to car oriented with strip retail, car lots and drive-in fast food.

The opportunity exists to re-invent both Main Street and the water’s edge with a new hub of activity by creating a Waterfront Place. This can become a destination for those walking down Main Street to the water and the surrounding residential neighborhoods and a welcoming gateway to those driving into the City from Larchmont.

The Waterfront, Main Street and residential neighborhoods all converge at the City’s largest undeveloped land area. The opportunity is here to create a Waterfront Place to live, work and play. A place to take a drive, walk or ride a bicycle along the water’s edge. A place to be by the water and get out on the water in small boats. A place with shops and residences right at the water’s edge. A place where all of New Rochelle is welcome and can enjoy the expansive view of Long Island Sound. A walkable place that provides a different way to experience the water’s edge than New Rochelle’s collection of parks.




We enjoyed collaborating on brainstorming sessions with you to establish our Planning Guidelines and Design Guidelines.

Let’s recap our process:

  • Help everyone understand the boundaries of the Waterfront District (see map below).

  • Gather everyone’s ideas, goals and dreams for a Waterfront Place.

  • Establish the range of possible uses that people would like to see built in the District.

  • Work with everyone to shape “Form Based Zoning” to allow and encourage these uses.

  • Assess the environmental impacts of the proposed use, density & heights in the District.

  • Present the findings to the Community.

  • Refine the plans and finalize the environmental review (future)

  • Adopt new zoning (future)

Our community outreach process was designed to be in three phases. First, we engaged the community to understand the public’s goals and aspirations. Then with the community’s help, we defined the zoning. The final phase of the community outreach process is to create the zoning.



Community Zoning Secures Public Benefits

What does the new zoning provide?

  • Community Driven: An opportunity for the community to shape the area for the long-term to the neighborhoods benefit.

  • Incentivize: The New Downtown Zoning Incentivizes Developers to Fund Public Benefits like Open Space and Walkability.

  • Flexibility: Waterfront Overlay Zoning allows owners to build more flexibly in return for providing access, views, and places for public to engage the water in an attractive place to live, work and play and with new infrastructure, underground parking & a restored Armory.

  • Optional: Not a mandatory requirement, but an option for owners to participate if they are willing to enhance the community.




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