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North Avenue Residence Hall Project


An exciting development on North Avenue...
  • Increasing the quality and quantity of residential housing options for students on campus.
  • Participating in the revitalization of this important New Rochelle thoroughfare.
“Iona College is working hard to be a good neighbor to our good neighbors,” President Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D., stated as the project began. “This new residence hall is a groundbreaking development on North Avenue for both Iona College and the City of New Rochelle. As Iona celebrates its 75th year, we celebrate our partnership with New Rochelle, in the spirit of positive town-gown relationships – working together to move our corner of the world.”

New Residence Hall Opens

Excitement about the new 2016-17 academic year began as Iona College hosted its annual move-in days for its student residents. On Sunday and Monday, August 21-22, more than 1,400 students moved into Loftus, Conese, South, East and Rice Halls in addition to the new, seven-story North Avenue Residence Hall.

The North Avenue Residence Hall broke ground in May 2015 and just shy of 15 months later opened for occupancy. With the doors now open, Iona increased the quality and quantity of residential housing options for students on campus and helped participate in the revitalization of North Avenue, an important New Rochelle thoroughfare.

The seven-story structure includes commercial use facilities on the ground floor and six floors of student housing. It was the second residence hall to open at Iona in four years, following East Hall in the center of campus. Plans for the street-level retail space are still in the works as the College searches for a partner to benefit both students and the New Rochelle and lower Westchester communities. The 300-plus students now living in the North Avenue Residence Hall have benefited from the tireless efforts of many at Iona working around clock to prepare for the move in day.

The new residence hall and students moving in was covered by several news outlets including the Journal News.

New Resident Student Parking Policy

Effective with the new school term in August 2015, a new parking program for all resident students is being implemented to help alleviate community parking concerns. This policy will affect the students living in the new residence hall and will begin with students who are living in Iona properties this term.  All students residing in Iona properties will be required to park on campus. Security will affix a unique sticker to the cars of resident juniors and seniors and enforcement will consist of patrols on the streets in the immediate vicinity of the main campus. Cars with Iona resident stickers parked on these local streets will be issued student conduct violations. 

There are no changes to the policy restricting resident freshmen and sophomores from bringing vehicles to campus. Commuters who do not reside in Iona property will be encouraged to park on campus and will have a different parking tag on their cars.

Community Planning Process

During the planning process, the College worked with neighbors and community leaders, New Rochelle’s Planning Board, the City’s professional staff, as well as students, faculty and staff.


“This is a positive step for both the College and the City that will improve North Avenue, enhance an emerging academic district and strengthem our partnership.”
Noam Bramson, Mayor of New Rochelle