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No Construction for Chappaqua's King Street in 2012

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. – Town officials announced on Thursday night that no construction will be carried out on lower King Street in 2012, citing a lack of necessity.

"We're going to not do any of this work this summer," said Town Supervisor Susan Carpenter. "We're going to instead start now with the engineering and the planning work for this whole project."

Responding to questions previously raised by local store owners regarding the infrastructure of the sewers and water mains, Town Administrator Penny Paderewski said engineers determined the pipes did not require immediate attention.

"There isn't the urgency to get those done right now," said Paderewski. "We can wait a couple of years."

Also factoring into the decision was an unrealistic timetable. With a lengthy planning and permit process on the horizon, Carpenter said a targeted summer construction date was not feasible.

"Since right from the very beginning the board felt that unless that unless we could be guaranteed we could start and finish this work in the summer, we didn't want to start doing it now," said Carpenter.

With sewer and water main construction on lower King Street likely postponed until 2014, beautification projects the town had planned to carry out simultaneously will also have to wait.

While the larger projects, such as adding lampposts and a mini-park, will be postponed, the town hopes to work with lower King Street merchants on providing temporary alternatives to lighting and other beautification issues.

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