The Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Chappaqua Crossing development at the former Reader’s Digest property, which was released over the weekend, indicates that the New Castle Town Board might support rezoning part of the property east of the office building for multifamily housing but kill plans for housing on the northern portion of the property.
The part of the proposed development called the East Village is 30.6 acres and includes three buildings with 51 condo units (including the 20 affordable units) and 60 townhouses. Eliminating development of the North Village, which has 88 units in two four-story buildings, would leave more of the property zoned for business, preserving an opportunity for more office development in the future. It would also eliminate the 50-foot tall buildings, which would violate current zoning and cause what the Town Board has declared to be a significant impact. The North Village area is now 29.4 acres of which 17.1 acres are zoned commercial.
The affordable housing, which the board supports, is also all in the East Village. So the elimination of the North Village wouldn’t reduce the number of affordable units, proposed at 20.
The Town Board has developed two new zoning proposals that would rezone only the North Village or only the East Village as multifamily residential.
A spokesman for the developers, Summit Development and Greenfield Partners, declined to comment on the FEIS.
The public hearing on the proposed zoning changes — those proposed by the developer and by the Town Board — has been postponed to April 11 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, 200 South Greeley Ave., Chappaqua. It had been scheduled for April 4. The zoning changes and the FEIS are available at mynewcastle.org.