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New Castle Town Board Discuss Renovation Proposals

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. -- The New Castle Town Board met for its weekly Tuesday work session for a litany of topics, highlighted by the proposed renovating of the carriage house at Amsterdam Park. Architect Peter Cole discussed the proposed changes, including knocking down the outside wings of the structure to rebuild the structures with newer, more durable materials.

Cole said the goal would be to create a center for town storage, and to create a structure reminiscent of an old carriage house. “The right way to handle the two sections is to knock it down … and rebuild it back in kind to what was there before.”

While the plan would be to rebuild the wings as new, the two-story main building has a good foundation with a full basement, thus will not be brought down, he said. The plan would be to fill in the basement, however.

During his presentation, Cole said it makes economic sense to tear down the wings and rebuild instead of renovating around the standing structures.

The new wings would be used as storage areas, with the bottom portions used for general record storage for the town, along with a different section for police storage.

There is currently no timetable for the plan’s vote.

In other news, during the work session, the board discussed how New Castle is working with Millwood Task Force, and is looking to use Project for Public Spaces to potentially improve the community.

Project for Public Spaces (PPS) “positively affected the hamlet of Chappaqua,” said Supervisor Barbara Gerrard. Because of it, the New Castle Town Board is working on a proposal for PPS that would have similar results for Millwood.

According to its website, PPS “is a nonprofit planning, design and educational organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities.”

Notably, the board said that despite lingering on-hour parking signs in the community, all parking spots are now two-hour. The board said New Castle Police would not issue violation tickets unless a car was parked for longer than two hours.

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