CHAPPAQUA, NY – Chappaqua Crossing owner Summit/Greenfield has submitted a petition and plan for retail development on the site, according to spokesperson Geoff Thompson.
The plan calls for 120,000 square feet of retail space including a full-service grocery store between 36,000 and 66,000 square feet and smaller retail stores. The proposal specifically excludes “big box” stores and fast food restaurants.
“The retail component would tie together and stabilize the entire campus and will provide the Town with much-needed diverse housing alternatives, office space and retail including a grocery store, while generating millions of dollars in tax revenues for the Town and the Chappaqua Central School District,” according to the company’s statement.
Summit/Greenfield’s proposal includes 600 new parking spaces for the retail center. Existing parking for the office building that would be used for the retail development will be moved to maintain the required 1,680 spaces for the offices.
Truck deliveries to the grocery store would be made to an enclosed, loading dock beneath the grocery store. Deliveries to the smaller stores would be done in an area along the rear of the buildings. Truck access to the entire site would be restricted to the Bedford Road (Route 117) entrance.
Under the retail planl, there would no longer be any gated access to the site with all three entrances providing access to the entire property. The southern entrance on Roaring Brook Road would be shifted to line-up opposite the entrance to Horace Greeley High School.
Summit/Greenfield also proposes to make approximately $2 million in traffic improvements including installation of turning lanes for north and southbound traffic on Bedford Road at Roaring Brook Road and for both east and westbound traffic on Roaring Brook Road at the relocated south driveway. An internal loop road would be maintained within the Chappaqua Crossing property.
In its statement, Summit/Greenfield said “preeminent grocery companies” have already expressed “strong interest” in coming to the site at the southern end of the property.
The idea to develop the area for retail use was initiated by the New Castle Town Board in March and has since received much opposition from residents worried about increasing traffic and dividing the town’s business districts.
New Castle’s Planning Board meets Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Town Hall for a work session on the proposed zoning changes.