Revised Chappaqua Crossing Plan Filed
It incorporates some of what is called traditional neighborhood design (TND) into the project, a concept championed by Planning Board member Tom Curley. That's a change from the last iteration, which the board disliked in December.
The project involves a 19.1-acre Retail Overlay District and a 31.2-acre Multi-Family Planned Development District, located "substantially" within the same area as the preliminary plan, the designers said.
The revised retail plan has a new freestanding 40,000-sq-ft, full-service grocery flanked by 10,000-sq-ft of stores in the southern portion of the retail area.
The possible tenant has expressed interest in growing organic produce on site in a farm garden or greenhouse, the developers said, asking the Town Board to approve the growing of fruits and vegetables for sale as a permitted use.
The remaining 70,000-sq-ft of retail stores area arranged in a "traditional neighborhood design" configuration along the north and south sides of the main entry drive.
However, the developers pointed out, traditional neighborhood design isn't "readily adaptable" to the parking and loading requirements of the mid-sized retail tenants town officials have demanded.
Therefore, Summit/Greenfield is requesting the town lift its limit on the maximum number of stores between 1,500 and 5,000 square feet in size "to permit the mix and size of retail tenants that would complement a pedestrian-oriented shopping street."
The Readers Digest auditorium, which would have been demolished under the original plan, would be kept for community use. A "town square" in front of the Cupola Building would become a pedestrian-only plaza available for community events.
The residential plan still includes 111 units: the 60 townhouses would be grouped in units of 2 to 4 and 51 apartments would be in two buildings.
"A combination of street trees, common green spaces and parallel parking spaces situated along the residential access road will extend the traditional neighborhood design elements of the retail area to the residential areas developed in coordination with Town representatives," according to the cover letter from Divney Tung Schwalbe.
The April 4 submissions from Chappaqua Crossing are: