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Poll: Is A Smaller Chappaqua Station The Solution?

Chappaqua resident Wallace Toscano offered the New Castle Town Board a vision for a compromise on Conifer's housing proposal.
Chappaqua resident Wallace Toscano offered the New Castle Town Board a vision for a compromise on Conifer's housing proposal. Photo Credit: Michael Nocella

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. – After seeking to adjourn the public hearing portion of its request for a special permit for its Chappaqua Station proposal, Conifer Realty was once again a no show in New Castle Town Hall on Tuesday night. However, the New Castle Town Board still allowed residents to speak out on the project.

Chappaqua resident Wallace Toscano took advantage of the opportunity, offering what may serve as a compromise for the controversial affordable housing project proposal.

“Looking at the details of their floor plans, I realized there are no studio apartments,” he said. “Wouldn’t it make sense for an affordable housing building to have some studio apartments?”

Some apartments in Conifer’s proposal are as big as 950 square feet, and a studio apartment could be half that size, Toscano said. Currently, Conifer’s proposal includes only one- and two-bedroom apartments. The proposed building's overall size is one of the biggest issues among residents and Town Board members.

“If making the building smaller is the goal, that’s a way to do it.”

It was unclear whether the Town of New Castle and Conifer would ever find common ground.

The project is riddled with zoning complications, complaints from residents and, most recently, a resolution from the Town Board stating all of its issues with the current proposal.

Although Conifer has twice asked for the public hearing segment of its proposal to be closed, it has had no such luck.

The Town Board announced the public hearing will continue April 9.

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