MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – In an effort to spur economic growth in the city, Mount Vernon Mayor Ernest Davis has announced a series of projects that will begin in the coming months.
There will be new housing developments and retail buildings and an elite parochial school will be relocating to the Fleetwood neighborhood.
An 11-story multiuse structure, dubbed The Modern, will be built along MacQuesten Parkway. It will feature 81 residential units and 78 parking spaces. Professional and medical spaces will be on the first two floors. Retail spaces will be built along the ground floor along Mount Vernon Avenue and MacQuesten Parkway.
Additional developments are planned for the parkway, he said.
“You’ve heard me say you cannot simply cut your way to prosperity. You have to expand the economy,” he said. “Jobs will be created, real estate will become more valuable and the city becomes more livable.”
The Montfort Academy, a Catholic school in Katonah, will be relocating to St. Peter and Paul Parish in the Fleetwood neighborhood. The decision to move to Mount Vernon shows that the city is still a viable destination, Davis said.
“They selected our city as an ideal location. That encourages us that the interest in our city has not vanished,” he said. “They like our central location, our proximity to New York and the fact we have great access to major highways.”
Additionally, projects are planned for South Ninth Avenue, South Fourth Avenue and First Avenue. Buildings that have been vacant eyesores for years will soon be filled with either residential space or retail shops.
“We can expect more possible growth in the coming months,” Davis said. “Promoting economic development and enhancing business possibilities is one of our most important responsibilities.”
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