CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. -- Chappaqua Crossing developer Summit/Greenfield has received the last regulatory approval needed for its retail plan, according to New Castle Supervisor Rob Greenstein, who announced the update in his town report.
The approval came from New York City's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Greenstein said. Because large swaths of the region are in the watershed for the city's drinking water, the DEP has oversight of development proposals.
Redevelopment of Chappaqua Crossing was held up for roughly a year because the DEP expressed concerns about converting the nearby intersection of Route 117 and Roaring Brook Road into a roundabout, Greenstein noted in previous reports. The roundabout was studied by Summit/Greenfield and the town at the behest of the state Department of Transportation (DOT).
The roundabout proposal was dropped after the DEP refused to support it.
Because of the delays stemming from the DEP review, Greenstein wrote that Whole Foods, which is the anchor tenant for the 120,000-square-foot retail complex, has postponed its projected opening date. The grocery chain now anticipates open its store in the spring to summer of 2018.
"SG anticipates completion of all core and shell work (which is essentially an empty building) to be completed in the 4th quarter of 2017 which would then allow tenants – such as Whole Foods – to start their individual store build outs," Greenstein wrote.
The site's other stores, including a Life Time Fitness, would subsequently open in the fall of 2018, Greenstein added.
Groundbreaking for the project, which is at the former Reader's Digest campus, was held last March. Since then, Summit/Greenfield has commenced with the demolition of an old structure on the premises that is known as the 100 Building, according to Greenstein, who added that several houses that it owns along Roaring Brook Road will also be torn down. Summit/Greenfield will eventually give the houses' parcels to the town for a green buffer.
Summit/Greenfield is also contributing $1.3 million towards an improvement of nearby Horace Greeley High School's entrance road, Greenstein noted.
Previous coverage of the retail project can be read here.