New Rochelle’s City Government has submitted its Stimulus Package Wish List (link opens PDF doc) to Albany in the hopes of getting a slice of New York State’s share of the stimulus pie. New York State is expected to get $24 billion of which New Rochelle is asking for a little under $100 million of which it hopes to get a fraction. The City School District of New Rochelle will submit its own request. The preamble from the request follows:
The City of New Rochelle is requesting $97,755,000 to spur economic activity, combat the negative fiscal impacts of the current downturn, and position our community for sustainable growth. The projects and initiatives referenced below would create or save more than 5,500 jobs, preserve or enhance critical infrastructure, protect environmental resources, promote energy efficiency, build affordable housing, and support public safety.
With a population of almost 75,000, New Rochelle is the seventh largest city in New York State and among the most diverse in its ethnic and socio-economic composition. We face a host of challenges related to urban and social policy and to aging infrastructure. New Rochelle has a proven track record of utilizing federal and state aid to advance urgent public objectives and strengthen our regional economy. We have done so in a consistently efficient and transparent fashion and have been awarded the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for fifteen years in a row.
The projects listed herein are prioritized within the categories of Critical Infrastructure, Transit- Oriented Development, Environmental Protection, Energy Efficiency, Homeland Security/Public Safety, Affordable Housing and Recreation and Culture. Each project is shovel ready within ninety days and/or will provide significant economic stimulus to the regional economy.
City of New Rochelle
DPW MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS CENTER ($25,000,000) – consolidate and relocate the Department of Public Works from its present locations along the waterfront (Pelham Road and Main Street) to an industrial area of New Rochelle (Beechwood Avenue).
DRAINAGE PROJECTS:: INFILTRATION AND INFLOW ($4,750,000) – repair and/or replace damaged infrastructure to mitigate frequent flooding, and infiltration and prevent inflow to the sanitary sewer system.
STREET RESURFACING CITYWIDE/ MAIN STREET/NORTH AVENUE ($8,375,000) – bolster the annual street repairs by addressing problem areas throughout the City including the major economic corridor along Main Street.
MARINA PARKIING DECK REPAIRS ($3,000,000) – make necessary repairs to maintain and increase the useful life of this public facility, support increased use of the marina and spur economic activity.
QUAKER RIDGE ROAD RECONSTRUCTION (None listed) – improve traffic and pedestrian conditions and safety along Quaker Ridge Road.
NORTH AVENUE STREETSCAPE ($1,200,000) – enhance the physical environment and appearance of the corridor to bolster
its economic viability, as well as support increased foot traffic.
CHURCH//DIVISION GARAGE ( $16,000,000) – construct a parking garage in the heart of the City’s Downtown Business District.
MARINA DREDGING ($2,000,000) – protect the environment by enhancing bio-diversity, and cleaning the silt and corrosive buildup that negatively impact aquatic life and habitat.
REPLACEMENT OF WINDOWS AT CITY HALL ($1,750,000) – replace extremely inefficient windows throughout the building.
HOMELAND SECURITY/PUBLIC SAFETY
SECURITY CAMERAS ($190,000) – install 20 cameras in sensitive locations throughout the City, including the New Rochelle Transit Center, the Central Business District, and other areas identified by law enforcement.
RECREATION AND CULTURE
CITY PARK IMPROVEMENTS ($1,500,000) – expand and create multi-use athletic fields and public recreation improvements on a 20 plus acre park which houses three (3) natural grass ball fields, a basketball court, playground, picnic area w/ shelter, a natural turf football/youth soccer stadium and an artificial synthetic turf athletic field complex used primarily for youth/adult and collegiate soccer.
NEW ICE SKATING FACILITY ($8,000,000) – expands on the City Park Improvements by providing a new ice skating facility.
NEW ROCHELLE HOUSING AUTHORITY REDEVELOPMENT ($24,890,000) – maintain an affordable housing resource in the City of New Rochelle in perpetuity.
NOTE: There was not estimated cost for the Quaker Ridge Project but process of elimination the figure would be about $2.4mm. For some analysis of this package read New Rochelle Lines Up For Its Helping of Pork: $100mm for Skating Rinks, Boat Storage, Soccer Fields, Bike Paths, and “streetscapes”.