The New Castle Town Board will take a look at whether to rezone a portion of the former Reader’s Digest property, now Chappaqua Crossing, for a grocery store and related businesses, according to a statement posted on the town’s web site Thursday.
The statement says that the rezoning would be a response to the loss of revenue from the property when Reader’s Digest moved away, the loss of the only grocery store in the Chappaqua hamlet and work toward a broader goal of improving the commercial tax base to take pressure off residential taxpayers.
“Chappaqua Crossing is an immediately available commercial opportunity for the Town,” the statement says.
But any rezoning would be subject to environmental review and community input that could take months at a minimum. And it’s not clear that the current owners, Summit Development and Greenfield Partners, which are in litigation with the town over a proposal to develop housing on the property, would want to build a grocery store or sell part of the property. Town officials could not immediately be reached Thursday.
In a statement, Chappaqua Crossing officials said they have been “informed of the Town Board’s concept” and have no comment.
The Town Board will hold a forum on the rezoning idea at its March 27 meeting at 7:45 p.m. at New Castle Town Hall, 200 South Greeley Ave., Chappaqua. The statement is available at www.mynewcastle.org.