CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. – Hundreds of powerless residents have taken Chappaqua Crossing's owners up on its offer to use the buildings as an overnight shelter.
According to campus owners Summit/Greenfield, nearly 500 people, including residents of a local women's shelter, have slept at the facility since it opened following Hurricane Sandy. The facility was set up by the American Red Cross.
Residents are also welcome to charge cell phones and computers, and take showers at the campus’ fitness center.
“We are extremely grateful to our community partners like Chappaqua Crossing for their support and help during these difficult times,” said Mary Young, CEO of the American Red Cross Metro New York North. “Their generosity is overwhelming.”
Summit/Greenfield has also allowed Red Cross to utilize the building’s conference center for temporary overnight shelter and the refrigeration units in its cafeteria to store food.
"As a member of the New Castle-Chappaqua community we are willing to do everything we can to help until power is restored and life returns to normal," said David Walsh, property manager at Chappaqua Crossing.
As of Monday evening, 3,871 of 6,574 Con Edison customers in New Castle are still without power.