The Westchester County Board of Legislators voted unanimously Monday night (July 15) to approve a lease for a new site for the County's Family Court to be built in New Rochelle.
The new location will be a 35,000-square-foot space on two floors of a yet-to-be-constructed building at 26 Garden Street, a short distance from the New Rochelle Transit Center (Metro North train station and Bee-Line Bus center).
The court is expected to move into the new facility in 2021.
The court can no longer remain at its current North Avenue location and county officials have been working for some time to find a suitable new location. Among existing loctions that had been under consideration was a former grocery supermarket on Shore Road across from United Hebrew-Willow, an assisted living facility.
Opponents of the Shore Road site had included neighbors and Legislator Terry Clements (D - New Rochelle, Pelham, Pelham Manor), who said, "I'm thankful for the hard work of my colleagues on behalf New Rochelle residents and the Pelham and Mount Vernon residents who will be using the court. I'm so pleased that we arrived at a site right by the transit hub that is convenient and accessible. This has been a long process, but the outcome is an example of how county and local government and community members, working together, can achieve solutions that benefit everyone."