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Hospital Granted Additional Parking in Chappaqua

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. – Northern Westchester Hospital's proposal to receive an additional 250 parking spaces at Chappaqua Crossing was unanimously approved Tuesday by the New Castle Town Board.

The request by the hospital was in anticipation of displaced employees during upcoming construction on the hospital's parking garage. The construction will leave 250 employees per shift without parking spaces. Currently, Northern Westchester Hospital uses 140 spaces at Chappaqua Crossing, and the proposal would raise the total to 390.

Representatives of the hospital, including CEO Joel Seligman, have been meeting with New Castle's Town and Planning boards since February. Attorney Daniel Hollis said the hospital will comply with all recommendations made by the boards during that time.

"We have no problem with any of the recommendations in there with regard to minimizing the impacts on the neighborhood, with regard to the headlights during the dark hours – early in the morning and late in the evening – and we have undertaken a process wherein the staggering of the parking will alleviate or ameliorate that situation entirely," Hollis said.

With the parking approved, the hospital can now begin construction of its parking garage, which is the final stage of a 10-year master plan, which has already included the addition of a cancer treatment center, a wellness center and an emergency department.

The construction on the parking garage is expected to take one year. However, the Town Board approved use of the spaces for 18 months in case of unforeseen circumstances. Hollis said that Chappaqua Crossing developer Summit/Greenfield agreed to the use of the spaces without charge.

"Good luck, and thank you for the wonderful service you provide our community," Town Supervisor Susan Carpenter said after the vote.

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