Lawyers for the owners of the former Reader’s Digest property sent a letter to the town this week rejecting the town’s demands for substantial changes to the residential and commercial redevelopment proposed for the Bedford Road property.
The owners, Summit Development and Greenfield Partners, dismiss the issues the town raises as “speculative and remote potential impacts” and list a series of dates early next year by which they want the town to complete the environmental reviews and approve the Chappaqua Crossing project. March 31 is the final deadline they set.
“If the Town Board is prepared to move forward constructively as outlined above, the Owner will continue to do its part. If, however, the Town Board continues in the manner suggested by its November 30 comments, it will jeopardize this last opportunity to revitalize the Chappaqua Crossing site as an integrated parcel and set the Town on a course that is certain to prove costly to the entire community, economically and otherwise, in the near term and in the years to come,” the letter says.
The Town Board held a work session Nov. 30 on its concerns about the Chappaqua Crossing proposal and developed a list of issues and suggested changes, including that there isn’t enough parking for the office building, that the site doesn’t fully meet the requirements for the proposed Multifamily Planned Development (MFPD) zone and that the buildings in the north end of the site are too tall. The developers said the list of problems came out of the blue when they believed they were nearing a final plan.
Summit/Greenfield is proposing 199 townhouses and condominiums next to a downsized office building on the 116-acre campus.