The New Castle Town Board held a public hearing Tuesday night on the zoning changes requested by the developers of the former Reader’s Digest property. It was the first of at least two parts to the hearing as the board wraps up work on the environmental studies related to the 199-unit housing development called Chappaqua Crossing and prepares for final votes.
The hearing will continue on April 4 to give the public time to review the environmental impact statement, which is expected to be complete Friday and will be posted on the town web site. If all goes according to plan, votes on five proposed zoning changes are expected in April. More background is available here in earlier stories by The Journal News.
At the hearing, residents said one of their major concerns was that if the Town Board allowed some residences next to the office building now on the property, the developers would come back in the future to ask for more. And the units approved now would pave the way for more by removing the argument that the neighborhood character would be irrevocably changed. Traffic and parking were also given as reasons to turn down the development.
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