NEW ROCHELLE | Development News


Just a self-storage project, still an interesting story though imo

Lawsuit not expected to slow down New Rochelle self-storage project

2 Birch St.

BlackMountain Partners, a self-storage developer that prides itself on rapid implementation, does not expect a recent lawsuit to slow down its proposed New Rochelle project.

BlackMountain plans to demolish an industrial building at 2 Birch St. and build a 1,182-unit self-storage facility.

The developer filed a site plan application in March, and the city planning board approved the plan on April 24.

One week later, Parsonage House LLC – the New York-based company that sold the property to BlackMountain’s affiliate, New Rochelle Birch Development LLC – filed notice that it was suing over “goods and merchandise” retained by Birch and valued at $750,000.

“We don’t expect it to hold up development,” said Avi Schwartz, BlackMountain’s director of acquisitions.

The summons, filed in Westchester Supreme Court, did not include a complaint detailing the nature of the dispute, and the lawyer representing Parsonage House declined to discuss the case.

Kanika Dewan, a construction and design entrepreneur in New York, who manages Parsonage House, said she is in the process of negotiating with the developer for time to remove several tons are architectural tiles and materials.

She sold 2 Birch St. to the BlackMountain affiliate for $3.35 million last fall.

BlackMountain’s specialty is identifying markets that have more demand for self-storage and then finding old warehouses or industrial properties that can be adapted for a new facility.

Rotanelli Foods and later Specialty Brands once manufactured pre-packaged frozen foods at Birch Street. It is a vast space inside, architect Robert Stanziale told the planning board, but the developers decided the building is not worth renovating.

It will be replaced with a five-story structure, including one underground level. Pear trees will be planted along Birch Street, and soft lighting will be designed so as not to shine on the houses.

The facility will be run by ExtraSpace Storage, a Salt Lake City-based company that says it is the second-largest self-storage operator in the country.

The space is tight, squeezed in between the Metro-North Railroad tracks on one side and a tidy row of houses on the other side, near busy Main Street.

Self-storage facilities are good matches for places like this, Luiz Aragon, the commissioner of development, told the board. They don’t generate a lot of traffic.

The city also will get a piece of the property for use as a parking lot for the proposed City Yard maintenance facility at Nardozzi Place, on the other side of Main street and across from Home Depot.

Joe Trotta, who lives on Birch Street, said he will be glad when the old Rotanelli plant comes down.

“It’s an eyesore,” he told the board. “The building is rotted and rodent-infested. Every animal you can think of is living in there.”

But he is concerned that demolition and construction equipment will take up the few street parking spaces that residents can use.

The planning board instructed the developer to control traffic and work with the city to help residents find parking.


the gravely plot in the foreground is the Luxuria

the steel construction site in the background is the Millenia (22 Burling)

photo by New Rochelle Development


Unfortunate accident today at the Millennia



new redevelopment for 2 Hamilton. It will be given TLC and a vertical addition.

This is the restoration of the yellow glazed terracotta 1920s era building at 2 Hamilton Street, which is across the street from City Hall and addition of four stories residential with 56 units. The new portion of the structure will be made of high tech timber. In the interior spaces, the timber will be evident on the ceilings and walls. The units will be as follows: 17 studios, 24 1-bedroom, 13 2-bedroom, 2-3 bedroom, with 6 affordable units.


Lovely design, the restoration for the original building is what’s gonna put the icing on the cake. Glad we’re getting a lot of development variety.

Also, can’t find any pics (also haven’t gotten any myself), but the 2 of the 3 houses where New Ro Studios will be built are now demolished.




NEW ROCHELLE | The Printhouse | 6 FLOORS

6/20/18 - Final full floor, above this will be the sixth floor setback


Planning Board - June 26th

277 North Avenue - DO-2 district in the DOZ. Confirmed to now be a 23 story tower with a parking podium. Major retail component included with amenities for residents. “Class-A Luxury” rentals.

500 Main Street - DO-2 district in the DOZ. Teased in the mayor’s State of the City address, this project is now calling for a 26-story mixed-use tower taking up four parcels on the corner of Main and Church St.

Combination of four existing parcels, and construction of a new 26 story mixed use building. The project includes a tenant retail suite, replacement of one of the two existing church facilities within the new building, automated valet parking, and rental apartments. A basement mechanical room and mechanical penthouse are provided (not counted in the 26 stories). Construction will be a concrete podium on levels 1 - 5, with 12 floors of concrete-framed apartment levels above. The building is designed to meet the build-to, stepback, and other requirements of the Downtown Overlay Zone.

64 Centre Avenue - DO-2 district in the DOZ. 14-story mixed-use development with ground floor retail.

Proposed 14-story multi-use building, predominantly residential with ground floor retail and subterranean and second floor parking.

Information originally posted via the property portal. I’ll make threads for the Main and Centre projects once more details are available, along with renderings.


the boost for 500 Main Street is a pleasant surprise. So much going on, I can’t wait for something to pop up in the DO-1 zone.


Young’s North Avenue project has broken ground.


demolition is underway for this project.

172 Union Avenue | 6 floors | 75 units

New Rochelle Development:


22 Burling Lane | The Millennia | 6 floors

43 Church Street | V Hotel | 8 floors

583 North Avenue | The Rockwell | 5 floors


25 Maple Ave | 7 floors | Wilder-Balter

Last month, the City’s Department of Development issued a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) for the parcel located at 25 Maple Avenue. The City received two responses to the RFEI, one from Wilder Balter/L+M (WBLM) and one from Mill Creek Residential. A selection committee made up of City staff has selected Wilder Balter/L+M as the preferred developer for the site. WBLM will utilize the 2017 CFA Funding Award from Empire State Development and funds from the City’s Parking Fund for the construction of municipal parking spaces, as well as provide the elements that have been outlined in the grant for a Green Parking Garage. Those required elements include electric vehicle charging stations, drop off/pick up passenger area for proposed downtown circulator, car-sharing, on-street bike storage/share and other green infrastructure elements. The development proposal consists of a 7-story, 181 unit residential building atop a two-story podium of approximately 340 parking spaces. The project’s proposed completion date is December 2020.

The WBLM proposal includes the following terms totaling a developer contribution value of $2.7 million:

  • 200 municipal parking spaces with maintenance by the developer and parking revenue to the City
  • Purchase of adjacent 27 Marvin Place to add public open space and create a buffer from the neighborhood
  • Expansion of Linear Pedestrian Pathway to Church property
  • Annual maintenance for open space areas
  • Purchase of Two Electric Shuttle Buses
  • Additional Improvements @ Anderson Plaza

Aerial View

White - 25 Maple Avenue, location of project
Green - 27 Marvin Place, location of public open space

In close proximity to 587 Main Street, the Church-Division project, and future development set to commence across the street at 24 Maple Ave, the site of the former Blessed Sacrament school.

On another note, Wilder-Balter is the same developer working on 14 LeCount Place.

Source: New Rochelle City Council Agenda for the July 17th meeting, page 46.

22 Burling Lane | The Millennia | 6 floors

July 16th, 2018. Starting to set pieces in place.


22 Burling Lane | The Millennia | 6 floors


22 Burling Lane | The Millennia | 6 floors

ELD takes advantage of the latest technology to control the quality and speed of each project. We are three days into setting large boxes containing nearly completed apartments into place. 28 boxes in, 190 more to go. Once complete a six story, 130,000sf buiding will stand six stories tall. All in roughly 30 days.

I would say this deserves it’s own topic at this point but I would hate to flood the forum with low-rise projects


first look at 64 Centre Ave. 144 units developed by AllState


activity at the V Hotel site

The Millenia is a modular build. Progress has been swift


The RXR fund – among the first of its kind – is initially seeking to raise at least $500 million, primarily from high-net-worth individuals, who it plans to tap via wealth-management channels, according to a person with knowledge of the matter who asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public.

Opportunity zones are designed to encourage investments in low-income urban, suburban and rural communities throughout the U.S. There are roughly 8,700 communities that were nominated by governors in each state, Washington, D.C., and U.S. territories earlier this year.

New York-focused RXR already has projects that are a fit for its opportunity zone fund, in part because it has already selected sites for development through vehicles such as RXR New York Metro Emerging Sub-Market Venture LP, which has focused on areas that have suffered from under-investment, and RXR Real Estate Value Added Fund III LP, according to a presentation seen by Bloomberg News.

Projects earmarked for the opportunity zone fund include a $170 million development in downtown New Rochelle, in Westchester County, with 354 residential units and 13,000 square feet (1,200 square meters) of retail space