Latest photo rendition of the North Avenue Residence Hall
Early in 2014 the owners of the Mirage Diner approached Iona, offering an opportunity to redevelop an ideal location across from the main entrance to campus. The ground floor will encompass tax-paying retail and restaurant space with parking. The upper six floors will include attractive apartment-style student housing geared toward upper classmen. As a college-managed facility, security, onsite management and a new system for parking on campus for students will be implemented. The building is being designed to complement the neighborhood in the style of the library at Iona across the street with enhanced lighting and traffic management.
“Iona College is the second-largest private-sector employer in the City of New Rochelle, serving as a significant economic and service engine for the City. I’m pleased the College is working with the community to develop property outside its traditional walls and to revitalize North Avenue,” said Luiz Aragon, commissioner of development for the City of New Rochelle.
Continuing the tradition of community involvement, Iona has hosted five meetings to gather public opinion during the initial planning phase. Now, the College has named Lisa Davis as the public and press relations leader for the project. Lisa is a New Rochelle community service leader having served as the president of the Residence Park Neighborhood and Civic Association, on the City of New Rochelle’s Comprehensive Plan and Environmental Advisory Committees, and as a student mentor through MentorNet. An experienced marketing and sales operations professional, Lisa has a reputation for turning insight into action. In her new role as the community liaison for this project, she is establishing multiple ways for the nearby neighbors and the press to learn the latest news and to ask questions.
Public input will continue to be solicited through a series of community meetings as the planning phase ends and construction begins. A new website www.iona.edu/NorthAveResHall will provide the status of the project and links to more information. You can reach Lisa by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by using the new community hotline at (914) 633-2318 where you can leave a message that will be answered within 24 hours. “I look forward to being the voice of Iona in the language of the community for this exciting new development,” Lisa said at the beginning of the project. Please contact Lisa with your questions and comments throughout the planning and construction of the new Residence Hall on North Avenue.
Community & Press Relations
Iona North Ave. Residence Hall