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Town Board Closes Last Two Hearings For Chappaqua Crossing Retail Plan

A new Chappaqua Crossing rendering shows that an elevated plinth has been removed. Photo Credit: Screen shot/Monroe Partnership
An old Chappaqua Crossing rendering shows an elevated plinth for two retail buildings, which has been removed. Photo Credit: Screen shot/Monroe Partnership
A Chappaqua Crossing retail rendering shows a back end that has variable heights for certain points, which gives a resemblance more like a storefront side. Photo Credit: Screen shot/Monroe Partnership
The old back end for Chappaqua Crossing retail space, which had a boxy monolithic look. This proposal was scrapped in favor of one showing dynamic heights. Photo Credit: Screen shot/Monroe Partnership

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. -- The New Castle Town Board voted unanimously on Tuesday to close a pair of public hearings for the last two legislative items that it needs to vote on for the Chappaqua Crossing retail proposal.

The items are for the project's preliminary development concept plan (PDCP), which is a rough draft of the proposal's layout of buildings, along with deciding where on the site to place retail zoning.

The board also approved keeping written public comment open until April 30.

Closure of the hearings is a sign that votes on the two items are near. They would be the last in a bundle of items that the Town Board has jurisdiction over for the project.

The Town Board voted 4-1 in December to create an overlay zone for the property that would allow for retail usage, although it did not specify the exact boundaries for it. At the same December meeting, the board also approved amending the town's master plan to accommodate the project.

Developer Summit/Greenfield is seeking to have 120,000 square feet of retail space on the former Reader's Digest campus, which would be anchored by a 40,000-square-foot Whole Foods grocery store. Since the Town Board gave rezoning approval, Summit/Greenfield has submitted a revised PDCP, which meant that the a vote had to be postponed.

The Town Board is scheduled to meet in a work session on Tuesday, to discuss what project conditions it will decide on and which to defer to the Planning Board, Town Attorney Nicholas Ward-Willis said at the previous meeting.

If the Town Board approves the final two items, then Summit/Greenfield will seek site plan approval from the Planning Board. The site plan supersedes the PDCP and acts at the project's final layout.

A series of revised renderings for the project were presented at the meeting, which were in response to feedback from members of the Town Board and Planning Board. A slideshow of the updated renderings, which are from the Monroe Partnership, are available here.

The revised presentation received favorable feedback from board members.


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