Locals Scared Of Chappaqua Crossing 'Strip Mall'

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Chappaqua residents were strongly opposed Monday night to any retail development at the Chappaqua Crossing space.
Chappaqua residents were strongly opposed Monday night to any retail development at the Chappaqua Crossing space. Photo Credit: Contributed

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. – A town-initiated proposal to bring a supermarket to Chappaqua Crossing was blasted by residents Monday night who said it resembles a “strip mall” and worried that it would divide the hamlet’s business district.

“This is freaking me out. I feel like this is so much worse than I thought it was and I know, for damn sure, that nobody else understands what’s going on here,” said resident Lisa Katz, who lives in the nearby residential neighborhood.

The proposal would amend Chapter 60 of the Town Code to allow for retail uses in the current research and office business district. The idea to rezone the property was announced by the board in March after hearing from residents about the lack of a supermarket in the hamlet.

The conceptual design calls for up to 150,000 square feet of property to be rezoned for retail use, which would be anchored by a full-service grocery store occupying at least 50,000 square feet. Other ancillary uses such as a restaurant, fast-food establishments, fitness centers, and more would be allowed.

Residents spoke out in near-unanimous opposition to the proposal at Monday night’s public hearing, citing concerns over increased traffic and splitting the town’s business district. Resident Manny Areces said putting a new business center at Chappaqua Crossing would take away from businesses in the downtown area.

“What you’re going to do by building this new center, with 150,000 square feet of retail, you’re going to hang them out to dry,” Areces said. “It’s going to be a slow death, but eventually the retail is going to move to Chappaqua Crossing, because that’s the way it is.”

Chappaqua Crossing’s owners, Summit/Greenfield, were represented Monday night by attorney John Marwell. The company applauded the town’s proposal and plans to submit official comments on the development in the near future.

The proposal faces a two-part approval process. The town board would have to approve the conceptual site plan and the rezoning of the area, and the planning board would have to approve the finalized site-development plan, any environmental permit, and any subdivision. The public hearing remains open and will continue at the town board’s Oct. 30 meeting.

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A good grocery store would be fantastic. The community needs one and we all benefit by getting lower property taxes by adding retail. It's up to the town to make sure it is done tastefully. I believe in our town board and I think they are capable of making that happen.

take all that beautiful sloped full sun land at RD and grow some food instead! Lots of small farmers would love to have that opportunity. Anyone who appreciates fresh, organic food should be on board. Because lettuce and strawberries from Cali are just plain stupid!

Agreed. In towns like this, we are very fortunate for the resources we have available to us. Unfortunately, the culture has changed. But creating a community garden can encourage a sense of community, camaraderie, and teamwork.

Gardening is also an experience for children and can be made available to students of all Chappaqua schools as well being incorporated into science classes/environmental studies. For example, to teach on topics of sustainability. Full-time help and adult volunteers shouldn't be difficult to find in Chappaqua.

Hopefully some of the residents who are so passionate about health food stores & organic foods, will push their town to at the very least, consider such a proposal.

We do need a supermarket for sure. Hopefully an organic one. At the moment we have to drive far to buy groceries. Fast food restaurants? Awful, awful that will make the town look very bad.