Voting On Chappaqua Station Variances Postponed

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The Hudson Valley Regional Board of Review, pictured, postponed voting on variances for Chappaqua Station.
The Hudson Valley Regional Board of Review, pictured, postponed voting on variances for Chappaqua Station. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie

CORTLANDT MANOR, N.Y. -- The state board decided to postpone voting on a series of building code variances for the Chappaqua Station affordable housing proposal.

The Hudson Valley Regional Board of Review made its decision due to a request on behalf of developer Conifer Realty. Randolph McLaughlin, special counsel for Conifer, cited the absence of the board’s chairman, who has participated in the review process, as the reason for the adjournment request. Three members of the 5-person board were present at Tuesday’s meeting, which was held at Cortlandt’s town hall.

A special meeting is being sought for the board, which does not have another regular meeting scheduled until Aug. 12.

Conifer’s proposal, which is for a 28-unit affordable housing apartment building that ranges in height between three and four stories.

The proposal’s downtown Chappaqua location, a parcel at 54 Hunts Place that is about one third of an acre, has been the subject of controversy due to the fact that it is located between the Saw Mill River Parkway and Metro-North train tracks, as opponents have claimed that the site is isolated, Daily Voice and other media outlets have reported. A pending state lawsuit filed on behalf of several individuals seeks to overturn a special permit that the New Castle Town Board granted for the proposal last September. The permit approval passed by a 3-2 vote.

On March 6, Daily Voice previously reported, Conifer filed a housing discrimination complaint with the Department of Housing and Urban Development against the Town of New Castle Building Inspector Bill Maskiell and the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL). More information about the complaint is available here.

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