New Rochelle Business Improvement District
This five building project, intended as a model for preservation and restoration of historic properties, has triggered economic development and sparked a new spirit of comunity participation in downtown New Rochelle.
Orchestrated by the New Rochelle Business Improvement District (the BID) with support from the Community Preservation Corporation (CPC), this five building project has triggered economic development and a new spirit of community participation in downtown New Rochelle.The BID provided $250,00 in matching grants to the building owners and the CPC provided low interest finance options and reimbursement. Working for the BID, Doban Atchitecture developed renovation and restoration solutions that dramatically revealed the underlying historical richness of the five buildings chosen to take part in the Model Block. Subsequently, these transformed properties served as examples for the Facade Renovation Design Standards that were developed by Doban Architecture and used by the BID in a sister program adopted by the City of New Rochelle. Embolded by the project, owners of participating buildings have turned upper level spaces in residential lofts and commercial tenants have been drawn to long-vacant retail spaces. The ripple effect has led to the renovation of more than 40 storefronts, several small businesses and seven restaurants have opened within the neighborhood and 5,00 square feet of retail space has been leased, increasing day and evening street activity within the block.
New York State: Excellence in Historic Preservation Award 2007