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New Castle Board Reviews Firehouse, Mosque, Cell Tower Tuesday

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. - The New Castle Planning Board will have its hands full Tuesday night when it reviews the applications for a firehouse in Millwood, a mosque on New Castle's West End, a wireless telecommunications tower in Millwood and an ice cream shop in downtown Chappaqua.

The board will convene earlier than normal at 6 p.m. due to its full agenda. Beginning the night will be a work session on the proposed mosque at 130 Pinesbridge Road, which was referred by the town's zoning board for comments. The meeting will not open to public discussion.

The 24,000-square-foot, two-story has been met with concerns about traffic, septic, lighting, noise and other environmental issues from the building.

The proposed cell tower in Millwood will be discussed shortly after 7 p.m. when the board convenes for its regular meeting. Two site proposals for the 130-foot cell tower at 25 Hoags Cross Road and 50 Hoags Cross Road were met with mixed reviews from residents during the board's last meeting.

The public hearing was extended after the board requested additional studies from Homeland Towers on noise and traffic, an evaluation of sight lines from the adjoining golf course, and a photo rendering of what the site would look like from the ground level. The studies have been submitted and will be reviewed.

"We would like some additional information so we can wrap this up and move on," said planning board Chairperson Richard Brownell at the last meeting.

The new Millwood firehouse follows the cell tower and may also be wrapped up Tuesday night. The fire district's board of commissioners believes it has complied with every request made by the planning board and is hoping to receive conditional approval so it can begin drawing up construction plans.

Rounding out the night will be a proposal to renovate the old Always the Children building on South Greeley Avenue for a new ice cream shop. The proposed use of the building is permitted by the town but it still must go before the planning board because it is a change of use from the previous tenant.

The tenants of the South Greeley Avenue building are Chappaqua resident Brad Ceisler and his brother, Billy Ceisler. Billy is the co-owner of Hall of Scoops , an ice cream store in Armonk, with his wife, Lori.

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