CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. - The third time will hopefully be the charm as the New Castle Town Board attempts to continue a public hearing to allow retail use at Chappaqua Crossing .
A town-initiated proposal to bring a supermarket/grocery store and other ancillary retail uses to Chappaqua Crossing opened for a public hearing on Sept. 24, and the town has unsuccessfully attempted to continue the hearing thanks to Mother Nature.
“The hearing was opened on Sept. 24 and adjourned until Oct. 30. Of course, Oct. 30 was wiped out by the hurricane,” said board member Robin Stout. “We then adjourned it to Nov. 7, and Nov. 7 was wiped out by the nor’easter.”
Now, the board will once again attempt to continue the hearing at its next regular meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 27. Town attorney Clinton Smith made light of the board’s bad luck in scheduling the last two hearings during massive storms.
“Considering what happened on the 30th and the 7th, we should plan to be out of town on the 27th of November,” he said. “Forewarned is forearmed.”
There will actually be two separate Chappaqua Crossing hearings at the Nov. 27 meeting. The first hearing focuses on the proposal to amend Chapter 60 of the Town Code to allow for retail uses in the current research and office business district.
The second hearing will specifically focus on the retail development plan submitted by Chappaqua Crossing’s owners, Summit/Greenfield. The plan calls for 120,000-square-feet of retail space including a full-service grocery store between 36,000 and 66,000-square-feet and smaller retail stores.
The idea to amend the property for retail use was blasted in near-unanimous opposition at the Sept. 24 hearing by residents who expressed concerns over increased traffic and splitting the hamlet’s business district.
The proposal faces a two-part approval process. The town board would have to approve the conceptual site plan and the rezoning of the area, and the planning board would have to approve the finalized site-development plan, any environmental permit and any subdivision.