Revised Chappaqua Crossing Retail Plan Would Create New Neighborhood

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Thomas Curly and Sabrina Charney Hull talk about the latest incarnation of the Chappaqua Crossing plan.
Thomas Curly and Sabrina Charney Hull talk about the latest incarnation of the Chappaqua Crossing plan. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly
Thomas Curly, New Castle Planning Board member, explains the latest configuration for the proposed Chappaqua Crossing retail development. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly
The latest retail configuration shows 70,000 square feet of stores lining the entrance drive, with the 40,000-square-foot grocery store to the left and another 10,000 in the southern portion of the property.
The latest retail configuration shows 70,000 square feet of stores lining the entrance drive, with the 40,000-square-foot grocery store to the left and another 10,000 in the southern portion of the property. Photo Credit: Summit/Greenfield

NEW CASTLE, N.Y. – The layout of the proposed Chappaqua Crossing development  has changed yet again, moving 70,000-square-feet of retail stores from the 100 and 200 buildings to the main entry drive.

After months of working with New Castle officials, Summit/Greenfield has submitted revised proposals for its 19.1-acre retail overlay district, which would develop 120,000-square-feet for retail use, and its 31.2-acre multi-family planned development district, which would build two, 2-story multi-family buildings with 111 units.

The retail stores would line either side of the road from the Bedford Avenue entrance to the Cupola Building, which the town appears to be considering as a new home if it sells its current town hall on 200 S. Greeley Ave.

The preliminary development concept plan for the retail overlay district would create the “traditional neighborhood design” that New Castle Planning Board Member Thomas Curly says the town wants. 

“What we really want to do is build a neighborhood and not build a shopping center development, so to speak,” he said.

“With respect to the retail portion, I think we’re there. We’re still having a conversation about the residential part of it.”

The site plan calls for a total of 120,000 square feet of retail, anchored by a 40,000-square-foot grocery store in a standalone building on the southern portion of the property. The rear of the store would face Roaring Brook Road across from the high school. Another 10,000 square feet of stores would flank the grocery store on the southern portion of the property. 

The other retail includes a 25,000-square-foot gym and a 4,000-square-foot bank, with the remaining 41,000-square-feet looking for potential tenants. They will have to be smaller stores under this version of the plan because the entrance drive can’t accommodate the parking and loading requirements for mid-sized retailers – 10,000 to 25,000 square feet.

Therefore, the developer has asked the town to allow it to have more than four small retailers – 1,500 to 5,000 square feet – which is the maximum number allowed under local law. 

The town is scheduled to discuss the preliminary development concept plan at its meeting Tuesday night. Summit/Greenfield has applied for a zoning change to allow retail. 

“We have worked cooperatively with the town and the planning board and we’re very encouraged by what has emerged,” said Geoff Thompson, spokesman for Summit/Greenfield. “Hopefully the project will move forward.”

Fore more information, read the developer's latest submission on the New Castle town website

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