Westchester County Approves 35K Lease For New Family Court in New Rochelle

Real Estate In-Depth | July 2019

WHITE PLAINS—The Westchester County Board of Legislators approved a new long-term lease for a new county Family Court location in New Rochelle at a building to be constructed near the New Rochelle Transit Center.

The Board of Legislators approved on July 15 a 30-year lease with landlord The Mark95, LLC for 35,000 square feet at 26 Garden St. The new Family Court is expected to be operational on two floors of the yet-to-be-constructed building in 2021. The county has extended its lease at its current New Rochelle location at 420 North Ave. until June 30, 2021.

Annual lease terms call for payments of between $1.5 million to $2.5 million and the total value of the lease is $57 million over the 30-year term.

The Stagg Group of the Bronx is planning a 14-story, 44,000-square-foot, mixed-use building that will include apartments, retail and office space at 26 Garden St., according to the Journal News.

The court can no longer remain at its current North Avenue location and the county has been working for some time to find a suitable new location, county officials stated. The county since opening the Yonkers Family Court in 2016, evaluated more than 25 sites in New Rochelle before selecting the 26 Garden St. site.

Majority Whip MaryJane Shimsky (D-Ardsley, Dobbs Ferry, Edgemont, Hartsdale, Hastings-on-Hudson, Irvington), chair of the Board’s Public Works Committee, said, “For many years the New Rochelle Family Court has been operating in a building that has been inadequate for its needs. I’m proud that finally we’re on the path toward getting a desperately needed new facility, with safe and convenient access for people from all over southeast Westchester.”

Legislator Catherine Borgia (D-Briarcliff Manor, Cortlandt, Croton-on-Hudson, Ossining, Peekskill), chair of the Board’s Budget and Appropriations Committee, said, “I’m glad we’re going to be able to create the kind of facility we need to properly serve the families and the children of New Rochelle and the surrounding parts of the county.”

There are currently three family court locations in Westchester in Yonkers, White Plains, and New Rochelle that each handling caseloads from different regions.

New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson said, “With easy access to mass transit and close proximity to population centers, the new Family Court will be in the best position to serve the residents of our region effectively. I congratulate the county’s leadership and look forward to further collaboration between the county and city in addressing our community’s needs.”

Westchester County Executive George Latimer said, “The approval of this lease is a long time coming, and I’m happy to finally have a new location for the people of this county. My administration and the Board extensively examined this 30-year lease and know that this is the best option for the taxpayers, the courts and the community. While the space at 26 Garden Street has to be constructed, it is the best location with easy access to mass transit, close to the center of New Rochelle and the ability to create a state-of-the-art facility. I look forward to cutting the ribbon on this facility in 2021.”

The Family Court handles matters such as adoption, child custody, guardianship and paternity, as well as cases of child abuse and neglect and cases of domestic violence. It’s a court that does important work to protect vulnerable children and families, and having local courthouses is a major help to families who might otherwise have to travel great distances to make court appearances.