CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. – The New Castle Town Board passed a zoning law in its Tuesday night meeting in regards to the much discussed Chappaqua Crossing property.
Best known as the former headquarters for Reader’s Digest, Chappaqua Crossing is partially zoned as a Multifamily Planned Development (MFPD). It was given this distinction in April 2011, when it received approval to be used 100 condo units and townhouses.
Under the old law, any applicant who gets such an approval to add an MFPD zoning had two chances for six-month extensions before getting backed by the planning board. After the Town Board passed the new law Tuesday night, any applicant still has the one year to get support from the planning board, however, can now ask for an unlimited number of six-month extensions.
This law will affect any site plan with MFPD rezoning going forward, though Chappaqua Crossing is the only proposal in New Castle that will be instantly impacted.
This development is the latest chapter in an ongoing, polarizing saga. The most recent public opinion was heard back in December, when the New Castle Planning Board took its turn to criticize the Summit/Greenfield's newest proposal for using the 480 Bedford Road property for retail development.
Summit/Greenfield’s latest site plan calls for 120,000 square feet of retail space that is anchored by a full-service grocery store of 36,000 to 66,000 square feet. The grocery store would be supported by smaller retail stores.