Has anyone addressed the psychology of shopping. When CC opens and your Whole Foods comes in, and then Chipotle, and then the next chain, and all the traffic with noise, the huge trucks going through Mount Kisco and 172 and 117, you will have effectively destroyed the Pretty Little Town called Chappaqua, AND ALL the small business within! People will shop there and pay their sales tax to NYS of which nothing will go back to Chappaqua, and then additional tax breaks available to create business will be lost on Chappaqua and the cycle will continue. Eventually, Lang's will board up their business, as will others in town and in towns north and south of Chappaqua because the NEW SHINY Shopping MECCA has sprouted up in a town that use to give a crap about mom and pop shops with quaint individuality and charm. You cannibalize your own town. THIS SELL OUT is swathed in GREED, LUST GLUTTONY, and SHAME! Forget NYMBY, this is about class and style. If Chappaqua is so concerned about their tax base, they should have encouraged small business and supported them. This is the same group of people who screwed up the train station deal with back room handshakes and surreptitious dealings. "Reader's" left because the Internet Destroyed Print! WOW, is there a lesson hidden in THAT? I would bet that very few "In-Town" businesses are embracing THIS! In my heart, I cannot believe that this space could not have become another Corporate HQ to someone with class and distinction, but that was never the plan... was it?
Oh, and the name calling and the mud slinging isn't advancing the discussion or cause. ONLY intelligent voting can solve this issue, and very little has been offered up about the impact to Pleasantville or Mount Kisco and the impact of traffic to them.
The Science is Clear and we have models to look at where it's been done. It is TERRIBLE for the environment,. contaminating water supplies, ruining national parks and making people sick. Thank god Science prevailed in this, now time to make it law. what good is it having jobs if people are getting sick and dying, real estate values drop off a cliff, we have no water to drink and no parks to go to. we need only look over the border to Pennsylvania to see these travesties happening first hand. there's area there that are virtual wastelands. people wont be able to even go in the area for hundreds of years because of the contamination
It feels like those commenting on Facebook are mostly anti-development, and those local news commenters are generally pro-development. I can't tell you exactly why that is, but to say there is a "majority" on either side is definitely incorrect.
Everyone would agree that traffic could be a significant issue no matter the use of the property. To deny that would be insincere, and to ignore it by either the town board or the developers would be borderline negligent...which is why I believe the board and the developers will do what they can to mitigate the risk. There is also little question that with a large retail buildout, the solution will never be perfect.
Calling someone or some group "ugly NIMBY" over and over again doesn't help the debate. Same goes with "disgusting rabid shoppers". Is that how you talk to people in person? How disrespectful. What is wrong with you guys?
If the town board and the town would have accepted the building of all age restricted housing some time ago, we wouldn't have the vitriol spewing out today. The only issue I saw with that plan was to petition to make sure the taxes were more in line with the rest of our town. Those who were against the housing only plan back then never said "I don't want this because I would rather have lots of retail instead". They said "I want it to remain single company owned office space", which was almost impossible to make happen.
Now we are where we are. Something needs to be done with the property. I applaud all 5 members of the town board for taking a stand and finally pushing forward. I generally side with the no-retail group, but 10 years is enough debate. Let's move on.
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