NEW: Services for Kittle House’s Richard “Dick” Crabtree

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Richard Crabtree died on Friday, December 12.  His family will receive visitors at Cassidy-Flynn Funeral Home at 288 East Main Street in Mount Kisco on Thursday, December 18, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., and Friday, December 19, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. On Saturday, December 20, at 9:45 p.m. a funeral service will take place at St. Patricks Church in Bedford.

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NEW: Calendar for New Castle for the week starting Thursday, December 18

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• Thu. Dec. 18: Town Board votes on Chappaqua Crossing retail zoning application @ Chappaqua Library CORRECTION: The Town Board meets in executive session at a7:30 pm at Town Hall, then moves to the Chappaqua Library at 8:15 pm for the vote on retail zoning at CC, which will be streamed live (on computer not live on TV) at NCCMC’s Livestream.
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• Sat. Dec. 20: Chappaqua Farmers Market closes with an indoor celebration at the Community Center on Senter Street, to reopen in early spring
To see more calendar listings, visit NCNOW’s Calendar page.
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NEW: CFM closes with an indoor celebration Saturday, December 20, to reopen in early spring


Tuesday, December 9, 2014
~ from The Chappaqua Farmers Market

The Chappaqua Farmers Market thanks the community for its wonderful support this year. This has been the Market’s best year yet, and we would like to show our appreciation to our shoppers, farmers, and vendors by making the December 20th market into a festive holiday celebration. We’ll be toasting the season with free hot apple cider and live entertainment as well as our usual full complement of fresh, nourishing local fare.

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Updates from Supervisor Greenstein on Chappaqua Crossing and Conifer

The Town Board will vote on the Chappaqua Crossing application on Thursday, December 18.
December 12, 2014

Editor’s Note: Below are updates from Supervisor Rob Greenstein on the status of the Conifer and Chappaqua Crossing proposals.  Following them is a four-minute video of the Supervisor’s report from last Tuesday’s Town Board meeting.

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Letter to TB: The only question is whether to allow retail at Chappaqua Crossing or not

“The Board will not have the ability to pick and choose tenants in the future.”
Saturday, December 13, 2014
by Jeff Blockinger

Editor’s Note: On Monday, December 8, Jeff Blockinger sent the following comments to Town Board members. Blockinger has spoken at previous public hearings, telling Town Board members should concern themselves with fixing the existing problems of downtown Chappaqua before creating a “third hamlet’ at Chappaqua Crossing.

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NEW: Real Estate Transactions


December 12, 2014

12 new transactions between November 18 and December 9, 2014

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NEW: PB to TB: Zoning law should reflect the Town’s long-term interest, not SG’s short term needs

Hours before Town Board votes on zoning—8:15 p.m. @ Chappaqua Library—Planning Board finalizes its comments on Chappaqua Crossing
Thursday, December 18, 2014

Editor’s Note:  Planning Board members followed up their Monday discussion of Chappaqua Crossing’s application for retail zoning with final comments to the Town Board. The 8-point letter ends: “In sum, after all this time and effort, the Planning Board believes that we need to look beyond the applicant’s immediate financial needs and legal posturing and get this right.  Frankly, a broader enabling law should work better than the more limited approval that [Summit Greenfield] seek[s].  At the same time, broader enabling legislation should serve as an important signal from the Town to the applicant that there is an expectation that we need to continue to work jointly toward a ‘best’ plan.” 

In tonight’s meeting, the Town Board’s counsel has explained, the Town Board will vote on whether to grant the retail zoning, but it will not vote on the preliminary development concept plan, specifying locations of buildings and roadways, until January or February.  Counsel has also said that “mitigations” —in the form of a letter from Summit Greenfield—will be revealed. 

CORRECTION: In tonight’s meeting, the Town Board’s counsel [has] explained ON MONDAY, the Town Board will vote on whether to grant the retail zoning, but it will not vote on the preliminary development concept plan, specifying locations of buildings and roadways, until January or February.

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Although on Monday the town’s Counsel said that “mitigations” —in the form of a letter from Summit Greenfield—will be revealed tonight, today that estimate was revised.  It is no longer certain that the Summit Greenfield’s letter proposing mitigations will be a part of tonight’s meeting.

Below are the Planning Board’s comments of today in their entirety:

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While Town Bd makes plans to approve retail zoning, Planning Bd envisions another solution

Town Board will vote on the zoning legislation at 8:15 p.m. on Thursday, December 18, at Chappaqua Library Theater
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
by Christine Yeres

Last night, Bob Kirkwood, chair of Planning Board, proposed a way forward with the Chappaqua Crossing application that could lessen the impacts of the proposed retail development.  In a letter shared with Town Board members, Kirkwood proposed that that the Town Board give the town and the developer more flexibility to plan the site as genuine mixed-use.  Instead of three disparate office, residential and retail zones, he suggested, maintain the overall cap for retail of 120,000 square feet (and office space of 500,000 square feet), but draw a boundary around the entire property designating it as “mixed use.”  The single “mixed use” zoning could permit uses to move or mingle and create “traditional neighborhood development” conditions as both county and town Planning Boards have consistently called for over the 2.5 years of reviewing the application.

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Op-Ed: A six-lane intersection between Greeley and CC shopping center is a monstrosity

December 12, 2014

Editor’s Note:  What follows is an op-ed + public comment.  Since today is the deadline for comments on the proposed rezoning of Chappaqua Crossing as a retail shopping center, I am submitting into the record an email discussion with Town Board and Board of Education members.  It was triggered by my email to them suggesting they consider a roundabout rather than a “signalized” six-lane intersection at the high school entrance.  Roundabouts have been proven safer for pedestrians and vehicles that conventional intersections with traffic lights.  In the group email below, Supervisor Greenstein and Board of Ed members Jeffrey Mester and Vicky Tipp weighed in.  Thanks to a reference by Mester to a previous article in NCNOW, I found that the Town’s traffic consultant Michael Galante had told Board of Ed members in August of 2013 that only 5% of traffic could be “counted on” to use the back road into Chappaqua Crossing; the Greeley entrance and the main entrance on Bedford Road would serve as main access drives.

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Summit Greenfield’s 2012 real estate tax projections for Chappaqua Crossing

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Editor’s Note: The finances of Chappaqua Crossing were again a topic of discussion in the November 18 public hearing. With the public hearing on Tuesday, December 2, NCNOW is reprinting a piece by Jason Chapin from August 2013, setting out Summit Greenfield’s tax revenue projections for Chappaqua Crossing.  Chapin provided the piece in response to a statement in August 2013 by then-Supervisor Susan Carpenter that the revenues from Chappaqua Crossing were “just projections,” and that the Town Assessor could not determine the value of the property and its taxes until the proposed retail was leased and operating.  They may indeed be “just projections,” but in Chapin’s view they are projections that count.  Below is his thinking.  NCNOW has added some bracketed information, for clarification.

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Phone scams increasing—check these tips on avoiding becoming a victim

Monday, December 1, 2014
~ from The New Castle Police

New Castle Police Department has been receiving a significant increase in reports of attempted telephone scams involving the Internal Revenue Service and other scams.  During the last 24 hours many New Castle residents reported getting calls from an individual identifying himself/herself as an agent of the IRS and that the resident owed back taxes.  The caller states that if the taxes are not paid immediately by phone or wire they or their spouse will be arrested within the next few hours.

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