This sentence is the KEY- "Both sides seemed interested in finding a middle ground between the two visions, though, in the interest of moving this plan forward". And forward it should go. So eliminate the "strip mall" concept that has been unfairly used and lets call it a hamlet or town type retail coexisting with commercial and residential. Call it what you want but our town needs this. With all due respect to Millwood and downtown Chapp our town needs a destination so that we may shop and eat and be able to park and relax and enjoy. I love downtown Chapp and our merchants but it simply does not work for shopping. IN Chapp Crossing we have a large and underutilized property that is ready to be utilized. It is somewhat self contained and isolated and it wont ruin chappaqua - it will acvtually be a huge plus. Build it and we will come......... View Comment
I just watched the replay. Mr Chapin was spot on when he commented about Greensteins petition. The signatures were fraudulently obtained. I myself signed the petition because I was opposed to a sewage treatment facility at CC. I am sure hundreds of people signed that petition believing that a fast food chain like McDonalds and big box store like Best Buy was included in the plan. But those things are not in the plan- they never were. It takes a lot of nerve to wave the 800 signatures in front of the Town Board and the community when Greenstein knows he got them dishonestly. I applaud Mr Chapin for not letting Greenstein get away with it. View Comment
Rob Greenstein- you claim you want to work with fellow business owners? I thought you are a lawyer. I suppose having your own law practice in some way also qualifies you as a business owner. But this comment got me thinking. You pontificate about town zoning, applications, environmental studies, reviews, and other legal matters regarding real estate, primarily as it pertains to the developer of Chappaqua Crossing. Being a lawyer i bet some people think you are credible and knowledgeable in areas of real estate law. So i checked your website. You are a personal injury attorney - plaintiff. Your areas of practice include "slip and fall accidents", "scaffold and ladder accidents","truck crash accidents","public transportation accidents", "sidewalk and street accidents", "school park and playground accidents" and medical malpractice to name several but not all. Nowhere does it say anything about you being involved in real estate, commercial development, retail etc. So if i slip and fall and want to sue the town or school I can call you. If I want to sue a Dr or hospital I can call you. But if I need legal advice about real estate and mixed use property or zoning I think there might be better more qualified people in the area. I rest my case. View Comment
Greenstein – you are truly despicable. You continue to berate and put folks down that don’t share your point of view. You can not even fathom that there might be another point of view contrary to yours. You are all about YOU. It’s a zero sum game with you. If any body disagrees with you and they don’t post their name you immediately discredit them and start your name calling. By way of reference, every blog or website that invites comments does not require a real name. Even if it should anybody can simply use a fake name anyway.
YES you did lose the election in a landslide. Of over 6000 votes you received apprx 17% of the vote while the 2 winners received 30% and 28% respectively. That means they beat you with approx 75% more votes than you. According to election results posted on NCN- Greenstein 1,075 votes / Mottel 1,891 votes, Chapin 1,763 votes. Even Diefenbach beat you – you came in dead last! You are in denial.
You are the coward. All you do is complain about the Town Board. The best way to change things is from the inside. Run again – get elected to the Town Board and change the things you believe we so desperately need to change. You bitch and moan at and a\bout the Town Board – then run. You wont run (coward) because you would get crushed. But you can fool yourself and tell everyone you are not going to run because you are doing what you enjoy and working with fellow business owners. I’m laughing out loud! Didn’t you write on NCNow that you were done responding to anonymous comments? You cant even keep your word. View Comment
Life can be dangerous. Sledding can be dangerous. Parents and kids need to take responsibility. It is not the town responsibility or the police. Enough of this "nanny state" mentality where the government must control and take care of everyone and everything.
Sleds today are safer (no longer made with dangerous steel , sharp runners and pointed wood platforms - remember the Flexible Flyer. Let them have fun and teach them to be careful and safe.
Should a law suit follow- you can say goodbye to Gedney for sledding! View Comment
Chappaqua Crossing provides the PERFECT location for empty nest housing, whether it be "cottage housing" as Mr Napoli suggests or town houses, or condos. Chappaqua Crossing also provides the perfect spot to provide some retail and super market. In summary we have in our midst an underutilized 110 acre tract of land that easily can accommodate cottage housing, town houses, and some retail ALL of which will contribute handsomely to our tax base. Isn’t it interesting that Mr Napoli states that his idea would create a zoning issue yet when zoning issue in Chapp Crossing is mentioned it creates an uproar??? While Mr Napoli has some innovative and aggressive ideas for our downtown they would be terribly disruptive to construct and most certainly create even more congestion and traffic. Lets use the empty property we already have before we we start to dismantle and disrupt our downtown. View Comment
Chuck - here's an idea. Since you must deal with CCSD School Board regarding an easement for your plan, why not swing for the fences. Propose that they close Bell and move all Middle School students to the half empty almost new Seven Bridges MS. Now you will have an empty Bell School that you and your investors can buy, renovate, retrofit, and modernize to suit multipurpose needs. Bell can be combo of any or all retail, residential, office, and even a performing arts center. This way hundreds of children are out of the mix removing a safety issue. You pick up tremendous amount of much needed parking while adding critical mass with additional retail establishments. I have no idea how realistic this idea to buy and convert Bell School is but I am pretty sure your current proposal will be viewed by most as too big, too ambitious, out of character, too disruptive to downtown, and driven to make a buck.. I mean you no disrespect – just saying. View Comment
Too big - too grand- way over the top. This is way out of character for our community. A 5 story theater that will tower above all else. An underground parking garage for 300 plus cars smack in the middle of an already heavily trafficked area? I am not sure what test will be passed that designates this "easy" and safe for all users. We have hundreds of kids at Bell school plus many more on this proposed turf field. We have the Rec field down the road and we have an already difficult traffic issue when rush hour trains let out. This plan will add additional cars and traffic to an already congested area. More kids, more cars, more traffic is NOT safe. Senter St is not the only area where children come and go. In fact most make their way towards the street and into town by walking down the hill over the fileds and parking lot. This plan adds more traffic and more cars- not safe at all.
What of our current merchants that will likely be greatly inconvenienced (lose business) as their stores will be buried under construction and parking lost during this very time consuming and long project? We recently delayed street repairs at their request so they could recover after they lost business due to storms. This disruption will crush them.
I dont see how this benefits residents and current merchants. I think a shiny green plastic artificial turf field on top of a parking garage as the towns center piece is a horrible idea. I question the wisdom and need of a 5 story structure for any purpose, theater or anything else in our quaint town. This is a "for profit" proposal by a talented architect (resident) and his investors. I give them credit for trying but this doesnt belong in downtown Chappaqua. View Comment