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Town Plans For Downtown Chappaqua Construction

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. – Details on major construction to downtown Chappaqua are being hammered out between the New Castle Town Board and the planning department.

“We have two different aspects of improvements,” said Town Planner Sabrina Charney Hull. “We have underground improvements, which involve the waterlines, the sanitary sewer lines and storm water. And then there’s everything that occurs on top of the ground.”

Hull said the town needs to prioritize what projects will be carried out first on the “Chappaqua Hamlet Vision Plan,” which originally was drawn up in 2010. Town officials previously said South Greeley Avenue's water mains were in dire need of replacing and were first on the agenda. Similar work needs to be carried out underneath lower King Street, but the town believes it can wait a little longer.

“So that’s kind of where we stand with the underground work,” Hull said. “When we’re looking at surface work, we’re looking at a couple of different things. We’re looking at sidewalks, landscaping, road re-alignment and crosswalk creation.”

Specifics regarding the surface work includes flipping the road-side parking to the opposite side of lower King Street, extending the sidewalk on the west side of North Greeley Avenue and eliminating some road-side parking along North Greeley.

“A lot of that is to square up the intersections,” Hull said. “DOT (Department of Transportation) likes a right-angled intersection.”

Hull said if everything goes according to plan, construction work could begin by spring. Town Administrator Penny Paderewski, however, believes that time frame is “very aggressive.”

The planning and engineering departments will begin meeting with the town board on a regular basis to finalize the scope and timetable of the work. Council member John Buckley wants to see merchants along South/North Greeley Avenue and King Street also be involved in the process.

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