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New Rochelle Downtown Parking to Be Studied

The area to be studies contains new restaurants, some of which are providing valet parking.

New Rochelle will likely undertake another parking study—this time in the core restaurant district in the downtown.

The idea for the study, according to City Manager Charles Strome III, came about because of the opening of several new restaurants.

"We have no recommendation for valet parking," he said. "We need to come up with a way to do this."

The study, to be conducted by Tim Haahs and Associates, will cost $10,000, with the city and the New Rochelle Downtown Business Improvement District each paying half.

The City Council discussed the study at its meeting Tuesday and will likely vote on it Feb. 19.

Strome said the study would take about a month to complete.

Councilman Ivar Hyden, D-District 4, suggested that the city take a look at making some of the one-way streets two-way to ease the flow of traffic.

A memorandum from Strome to the mayor and council discussed possible fixes.

"These solutions could include the use of additional public and private parking facilities, the implementation of a valet parking program that would allow for the use of public right of way and on-street parking spaces for the valet program and possible strategies to improve access to and from downtown parking facilities," the memorandum said.

The area to be analyzed is bounded by Division Street, Main Street, Memorial Highway and Huguenot Street, according to a letter from Haahs to the BID's Executive Director Ralph DiBart.

Larry Garland February 16, 2013 at 05:23 PM
I'm new in New Rochelle, but perhaps "fresh eyes" can see some things better than others who have been long immersed in the present situation. I present that preface to say this: I believe this writer has presented a logical, lucid evaluation and recommendation--and he did so quite eloquently.
Larry Garland February 16, 2013 at 05:30 PM
This doesn't refer to downtown, so it isn't exactly on topic, but close: As a new resident, what's up with parking along North Avenue? I navigate that "parking lot" daily to get to work and find doing so to be something of a nightmare. WHY is parking allowed there (between I-95 and Quaker Ridge Road)? It creates a very dangerous situation when cars must swerve from the right lane into the left lane at multiple points to avoid the parked vehicles.
warren gross February 18, 2013 at 11:49 PM
Foks the argument has a lot to do with you if you are an old or new resident as it does with businesses. Think about it from a longer term viewpoint. You can use similar logic elswhere such as North Avenue. Take a look downtown and think about whether any new business of any consequence or any increase in restaurants, entertainment, even new residents can possibly be accommodated. Think whether you would be motivated to move here, shop here, or open a business here given the lack of adequate facilities. Think of how safe you would feel in a dark, dank, dimly lit area if people were scurrying for the few remaining spaces or valets were pumping pedals to park cars. If you cannot correct poor admiinistrative planning you get the government you desire. It is that simple.
Fifth Ave Guy February 19, 2013 at 11:07 PM
City leaders like Noam Bramson should take most of the blame for the parking problem since they're the ones who let developers build units w/only 1 parking spot when they really really need 2 spots. Any idiot could see the problems coming from miles away, but not Noam or the City Council.
Fifth Ave Guy February 19, 2013 at 11:09 PM
Welcome to New Rochelle!

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