Please stop polluting the conversation by constantly confusing choice with opinion. Choice of a smaller home for young families or our elders and your opinion about the Crossing. Lets not confuse people by collapsing the two topics in one.
The small home movement is NOT condo or town house housing of past, knee jerck solutions for developers whos mission is getting in and out as fast as possible.
Small homes have every amenity of traditional homes but more manageable, smaller; a yard, privacy and choice marked by unique architectural styles in context with small town habitats.
Now the topic of the crossing. Since 1969 New Castle has zoned out all B-RO parcels in this town except for the Crossing and that now we may zone out some more.
Hey, instead of more housing or retail or using the crossing property as a depository for what is lacking try listening and thinking about this idea.
I'm a business owner needing to expand my growing business. The Crossing has space in the existing buildings but I'm not really interested in moving into a building as if it were a condo or town house. I would want my own property; my own self expression; a building with my logo and my name on it.
So, here is the idea if you are still reading. Why not rezone the crossing property in many smaller Business parcels for growing companies.
I think the space in the existing buildings may become more attractive to support business and too with several different companies, vehicle movements will be staggered during peak hours and helloooo, the increased non-residential tax base we want.
Finally, zoning is as changeable as the people want it to be, The State Legislature gave the municipalities the power to create their own zoning laws. That said, the people and furthermore any zoning change or creation must include all interested parties, stakeholders, official agencies and yes people like you. Come on out and play Chappster and let's choose how we want it to be. View Comment
Just a slight correction in the story and that is John Eherlich is not part of the development team but an interested party and is expressing his needs and too anyone else is welcome to participate. Call me 238-3490 or firstname.lastname@example.org View Comment
So far I'm hearing many of similar thoughts and ideas that the project team has considered and tested to accomplish the goals of the work.
But I find it helpful to keep hearing the concerns and opinions over and over again. Thanks
I need to alter the language so that people hear the message and too the definitions delinieating the many parts and pieces of the work.
For example; underground garage, child safety, and congestion issues need much more understanding.
Also if there is a performance function a 50' high stage house, the mark of any full theater program, is the prerequisite and also morning rush and evening peak periods occure before and after the shopping periods. Finally the kids and Fridays will have a vehicle free road to traverse the main ingredient of the project; the pedestrian walk near lots of invisable parking. Chappaqua looks like it did 80 years ago; lots of green and no cars.
I would like to refine Michael's fine coverage just a bit and add what I missed saying.
My architectural practice is here in Chappaqua, I specialize in architectural design and have taken on the role of developer of the effort to revitalize the business district of the Chappaqua hamlet. Also, this effort is designed to include all interested parties,
stakeholders and concerned citizens in the decision making process.
Another revision is the equity stack will be 40% private and 60% bank financing.
Finally, the subject of vehicle movement in the hamlet is being designed to pass the test of "easy" and safe for all users of the traveled way and what was not mentioned about the project goals was morning peak hour movements and the new traffic patterns for Bell School drop-off. We are providing a solution that makes it easy to enter Senter Street and deliver the children to their front door. That is the topic of another meeting. My request for participation is out there, please join the process to cause vitality and ease in the hamlet.
Chuck 238-3490 View Comment
If anyone would like to be fully informed about the Chappaqua Hamlet Plan please call me, Chuck Napoli, any time of the day at 914.602.6509.
I will be delighted to provide you with the actual details and components of the project.
For example, we are adding the additional business mass to provide a healthy mix to the economy of the hamlet and 250 cars not 400 to support that mix. Not the multi level parking garage described above in comments.
Congestion when the train lets out is a problem but not the fault of our business district or the school dismissal. Both problems at totally different times one off peak and the commuter return being evening peak ,
Is actually caused by the need to turn left either to travel north over the bridge or to turn left at the King Greeley intersection by Starbucks. (You will not find UPS or your own GPS routing their trucks with left hand turns by the way) right turns a faster and reduce congestion and are safer too.
Lets not confuse car traffic with the desperately needed foot traffic every action plan or revitalization plan or comprehensive plan has determined is required and needed in the hamlet.
Our intention is provide the opportunity for a walkable hamlet with fewer vehicle movements; a sustainability effort with an economic bonus too.
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