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Chappaqua Shops OK with Parking Lot Construction

Despite parking lot construction in the rear of Greeley Avenue, shop owners say they aren’t very concerned -- most feel the benefits of the improved parking area outweigh the current drawbacks.

“They’re improving the parking alignment and putting the power lines underground,” said Joe Galgano, an employee at the Squire’s Family Clothing on 41 South Greeley Ave. “They’re making a loop to make it easier to park. They’re working behind our place right now. The new parking arrangement will be a help with the trucks who right now only have one way in and one way out. Now there will be a loop to make it easier for them. We also want customers to be able to park in the back and come in through the back door.”

Patrick Filacchione, co-owner of Gail Patrick’s Café agreed that the renovation to the lot will only improve the area, despite the current inconvenience.

“It has to get done and the summer is the best time to do it, when school is out,” Filacchione said. “It does make some inconvenience but in the end it’ll be better. It does have an effect on business. People may come and can’t find a parking space so they drive on. Unfortunately, that’s part of it.”

One shopkeeper agreed that the parking lot construction wasn’t a big issue but did express concerns about the communication between the Town of New Castle and its merchants.

“At the beginning of the month, they put those signs up [the digital signs on the light posts at the Woodburn Avenue entrance] that said ‘Starting 6/13 Merchants must park across the street’,” said Peter Zimmerman, the owner of EZ Sports, a sports equipment store on South Greeley. “They haven’t told us anything so all the merchants are feel like, Why should we park there?”

Myra Cole, who parks in the rear of the South Greeley lot to work at her husband’s architecture office explained why the parking lot improvements are overdue.

“People have totaled cars because of the flooding,” Cole said. “Did you see the flooding we had last week? That’s why they’re redoing this parking lot.”

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