NEW ROCHELLE, NY — At his State of the City speech on March 1, Mayor Noam Bramson announced the move of City Hall offices back downtown, from 515 North Avenue to 45 Harrison Street, the current site of Fire Station #1 and the future home of MacQuesten Development’s $110 million mixed-use development.
The City’s new municipal office complex will be built at the base of MacQuesten’s Harrison Street tower, located between Main and Huguenot Streets at the City’s eastern gateway. With this move, employees, residents and visitors alike will be brought closer to shops, restaurants, green space and transportation, creating a more robust daytime office population and bolstering downtown activity- all while saving tax dollars.
Following the move- anticipated for 2021- the City School District will take over the entire current City Hall building, allowing for more classrooms, administrative and programming space at a much lower capital expense than new construction.
“The relocation of City Hall to downtown New Rochelle is a win-win-win for our economy, for our City, and for our schools,” said Mayor Noam Bramson. “This public-private partnership holds so much promise, complementing our downtown redevelopment while benefiting both our school community and taxpayers.”
“We’re thrilled that the move of City Hall will be part of New Rochelle’s downtown revitalization,” said City Manager Chuck Strome. “As our staff works to ensure a seamless transition, we look forward to providing New Rochelle residents with the same excellent City services more conveniently and efficiently.”
“MacQuesten is honored to be selected as the designated developer of the new City Hall complex,” said Joe Apicella, Managing Director at MacQuesten Development. “This building will pay homage to the great history that is New Rochelle while providing a state of the art “world class facility” for doing the people’s business while continuing to provide excellent services to its residents. It is our goal to build a building that is sustainable and user-friendly while utilizing green technology. We are committed to completing this project on time and on budget.”
In June 2017, the New Rochelle City Council unanimously selected MacQuesten Development, LLC as the winning bidder to reimagine a City-owned property at 45 Harrison Street, the current site of New Rochelle Fire Station #1. MacQuesten’s proposed $110 million, 27-story mixed-use building will also include 238 residential units, approximately 9,500 square feet of retail, a four-story parking garage and nearly 50,000 square feet of office space, into which City Hall will be incorporated.