City of New Rochelle lets residents give input into planned park on Memorial Highway
People in New Rochelle are getting the chance to help shape their city.
The city is planning to turn one of the six lanes of Memorial Highway into a park, similar to the High Line in New York City.
The Department of Development hosted a workshop Monday night to give people the chance to learn about the project and share their thoughts.
Adam Salgado, the city's commissioner of development, says it's a gesture to a historically African American community in New Rochelle, the Lincoln Avenue Corridor community that was disproportionately affected by urban renewal.
"This really is through stakeholder engagement a way to engage that Lincoln Avenue community and reimagine Memorial Highway, which was taken from the community back in the ‘50s and have it be a park and provide an asset to the community,” said Salgado.
The project is budgeted for $25 million, all set aside between federal and state money.
Construction is expected to begin around 2025 or 2026 and should take about two years.