From NCNOW’s Archives:  PPS Report on Downtown Chappaqua from Fall 2006

Below, from Fall 2006, are excerpts from the Project for Public Spaces Report on downtown Chappaqua.  To see the Report in its entirety, in PDF form, click here .


What do you think are the top five destinations in downtown Chappaqua? (Answers are listed in the order of the most popular first)

·  Train station

·  Starbucks

·  Bell School

·  Bank

·  Library

·  Rite Aid

·  Post Office

·  Pizza restaurant

·  Susan Lawrence Restaurant

·  Dunkin Donuts

The three residents elected on November 6, 2007 to serve on New Castle’s Town Board – Barbara Gerrard as supervisor and Elise Kessler-Mottel and Michael Wolfensohn as board members—all cited implementation of a plan to improve the downtown— creating usable public spaces, more pedestrian traffic and greater business opportunities—as a priority.

Kessler-Mottel, post-Vollmer point person for the Board both in finding and hiring not-for-profit consultants Project for Public Spaces (“PPS”) to assist the town in developing a comprehensive improvement plan for downtown Chappaqua, remained a member of the citizens’ committee formed by the Town Board to continue discussion of the hamlet plan after public “visioning sessions” concluded in fall of 2006.

Making a Place for Placemaking

In looking over that website [PPS no longer hosts the report on Chappaqua], NewCastleNOW.org found that the PPS site seems to have attracted rather little foot traffic.  Only two pioneer-types—one female, one male – left traces of their visits in the form of comments.  On the chance that you might find the distance too great to travel or the length of the report off-putting, we’ve decided to bring it here to our pages and to make our “comment” opportunities more prominent.


Here’s a “Table of Contents,” starting with three summaries:

1.  Summary of the “Placemaking” (or “Visioning Session”) Workshops

2.  What the survey of retailers showed

3.  What the survey of residents showed

Next come the six sections of the downtown.  We’ve rephrased some of the place names to be more recognizable.  How many of us know that “Woodburn Avenue,”  “Allen Place” and “Senter Street” are “Pizza Station,” “Starbucks-to-Village Market” and “the road to Bell’s porte cochere”?


1.  “Civic Center”—library, the Town Hall, the Recreation Field, St. Mary the Virgin;

2.  “Train Station-Pizza Station” – Bell School, parking lot between Bell fields and backs of shops on North Greeley, front of Citibank to the parking lot behind Dunkin Donuts, to the gas station;

3.  “Train Station”— the station, the parking lot, the semi-circle park in front of the station, access to the tracks, and access to the downtown;

4.  “The Triangle”—the bridge, the triangle park, the sidewalks and ground floors of adjacent businesses;

5.  “Starbucks Corner”—the intersection and storefronts, as far up as the Rite Aid and Second Story Books [now Raveis Real Estate];

6.  “Standing at Starbucks, Looking up toward Historical Society and Community Center” – from here to Bell School fields, then up King past Horace Greeley House to where the prevalence of retail and commerce fades, and out Senter Street (which continues on behind Bell) to Firehouse and Community Center;

To view the entire Vollmer report from spring 2003, you can find it here:

http://mynewcastle.org/images/SiteImages/Information/Vollmer%20Report.pdf


Summary of Placemaking Workshops, Fall 2006

Approximately 100 people met in the Bell School over the span of two workshops to discuss their ideas for making Downtown Chappaqua a safe destination for both pedestrians and vehicles and place of great activity. Project for Public Spaces facilitated these public Placemaking Workshops, which was sponsored by the Town of New Castle. Participants evaluated Downtown Chappaqua in six different groups, each group looking at a small area using the Place Performance Evaluation form. Groups focused on what types of activities and destinations would draw people to their site, what could be done to improve pedestrian and vehicular circulation, and also what would reinforce Downtown Chappaqua as the heart of New Castle – what would make it a great downtown.

The following notes are summarized from the workshop groups who evaluated the following sites:

How would you improve the overall identity and character of Downtown Chappaqua?

·    A more cohesive design of facades and streetscape

·    Adoption of a downtown district code to determine signage, graphics, landscape, lighting, and storefront facades

·    A distinctive lighting scheme

·    More (international) diversity in commerce

·    Increased mix of uses – 2nd floor offices, 1st floor retail, 3rd floor residential

·    Increased outdoor dining

·    Improvement of the downtown’s pedestrian-, pet-, and bicycle-friendliness

·    Creation of a pedestrian downtown

·    A Business Improvement District

·    Limited-to-no truck traffic

·    Removal of school bus traffic

·    Re-direction of traffic from the downtown during peak hours, perhaps through redirection of Route 120 traffic to Route 117

 

What are good models for Downtown Chappaqua and why do you like them?

·    Mount Kisco – Flying Pig, back of stores

·    Pleasantville Farmers’ Market

·    Plaza Major, Madrid

·    Koh Tao, Thailand

·    Katonah – flow of traffic, benches, decorations, planters

·    New Canaan - pedestrian friendly, walk from lots through town, easy to get in and out

·    Ridgefield, CT – it is a walking town

·    Bronxville – integration of train station and higher density housing, people living downtown

·    Hastings, NY

·    Millbrook, NY

·    Rhinebeck, NY

·    Rye - Limits certain types of commercial uses

·    Greenwich, CT

·    Madison, CT

·    Camden, ME - Small-town feel, wood buildings, small streets, good mix of residential and commercial

 

What activities would you like to do in Downtown Chappaqua that you can’t do now?

·    More physical activities – heatlh club, basketball courts, swimming, bowling, paintball in the woods behind Senter St. field

·    Greater variety of food – more moderately priced restaurants, hot dog stand, vendors, Carolyn’s Tea House (Peekskill), charming cafes

·    A nightlife – dancing, a biker bar

·    More music and arts – a performance space, bands at gazebo, a jazz club, a movie theatre

·    A kiosk with community notices

·    A community farm/garden

·    Better shopping – a better mix of stores, a book store to center of town (move Second Story books), fabulous storefronts

·    A community center for high school kids – run by students, maybe with some college students as “adults”

·    More spaces for children – playgrounds, child-friendly restaurants, small parks

·    More activities for High School students – basketball, movie nights at the community center, bands at the community center

·    More parking

·    Places to sit, congregate, and meet people

 

What local partnerships or local talent can you identify that could help implement some of your proposed improvements?

·    St. Mary’s Church

·    School Board

·    Student representatives – teens & kids

·    Historical Society

·    High School student government

·    Community Kitchen

·    Chappaqua Beautification Committee

·    Chappaqua Arts Council

·    Garden Club

·    Library

·    Fire Department

·    Rotary Club

·    Chamber of Commerce

·    Local businesses & merchants

·    Waste department

·    Town board

·    Buses – transit (Joan)

·    School bus company

·    Department of Transportation (DOT)

·    Police (patrolling, traffic)

·    Metro-north

Farmer’s Market, i.e. at the train station. I go to Pleasantville now; I’d prefer to stay closer to home. —Maggie Christ

 

Summary of Retailers Survey

In addition to the Residents Survey and the Placemaking workshops, Project for Public Spaces and the Town of New Castle distributed a survey to local businesses. Approximately 25 surveys were completed.

Below is the summary of the results:


What do you like best about Chappaqua? (Top answers only)

·    Friendliness

·    Walkability

·    Restaurants/Eating

·    Quaint small-town character


What are your primary concerns?

·    Traffic

·    Lack of variety

·    High rent

·    Parking

·    Vacant stores/appearance of vacant stores


What physical improvements would you make to Downtown Chappaqua to make it better? How could it be better used?

·    Improved sidewalks and crosswalks

·    Improved traffic management

·    Improved storefronts and streetlights

·    Improved sanitation management


Do you have any ideas for how you could become involved in helping to draw people to this area?

·    Fall festival; Farmers Market

·    Draw people from all over, not just Chappaqua and New Castle

·    Business owners could participate more in Chamber of Commerce for advertising

·    Give free samples, hold special store events, sidewalk sale

·    Keep downtown old-fashioned and a special place to live

·    Host a health fair by local doctors at Community Center

·    Improve sidewalks, traffic patterns, lighting, and overall aesthetics

·    Business loses money every time there is a town event, e.g. street fair, parade

·    Restrict types of businesses to encourage more diversity

·    Sponsor events, organize street fair

·    Could be more restaurants, better retail mix


What could be done to help increase your business? What would you like to be able to do in order to increase your business?

·    The hill on King St seems to be cut off from the rest of town; widen sidewalks leading up King St and install cohesive planters, etc…

·    Less competition between similar businesses - create a more diverse mix

·    Improve aesthetics of town, it could look more attractive

·    Sidewalk displays, triangle sign when holding charity event, cross-promotion

·    Increase accessibility; review of sign law; 15-minute parking spaces for quick drop-off and pick-up

·    Make Chappaqua a shopping destination

·    More outdoor seating; let people know we’re here and very friendly

·    Retailers could be open on Sundays and late on Thursdays (till 8 or 9 pm)

·    Seasonal or special sidewalk displays done with thought and discretion, not to turn the town into Orchard St in NYC

·    Sign regulations approval takes too long

·    Street signs on King Street are too small to read from moving car; dangerous; get landlords on board to make town more viable

·    ‘SUPPORT OUR TOWN’ theme in town

·    We’re great!

Summary of Residents Survey

To supplement the results from the Placemaking workshop, Project for Public Spaces and the Town of New Castle distributed a survey to residents. Approximately 230 surveys were completed.

Below is a summary of those results - please add your comments to the responses, and your own suggestions!


What do you think are the top five destinations in downtown Chappaqua? (Answers are listed in the order of the most popular first)

·    Train station

·    Starbucks

·    Bell School

·    Bank

·    Library

·    Rite Aid

·    Post Office

·    Pizza restaurant

·    Susan Lawrence Restaurant

·    Dunkin Donuts


What kinds of new businesses and public uses would you like to see in downtown Chappaqua that either don’t exist or are in short supply?

·    Shoe store/repair

·    More restaurants

·    Card or stationery store

·    Bookstore

·    Boutique store

·    Ice cream parlor

·    Family restaurant

·    Movie theater

·    Video store

·    Bakery


What kinds of improvements or amenities would you like to see in downtown Chappaqua?

·    Crosswalks

·    More attractive stores/storefronts

·    Better maintenance

·    Sidewalks

·    More parking

·    Better traffic flow

·    Traffic lights

·    Better parking

·    Flowers

·    Better lighting

·    Fewer real estate offices

·    Later hours

·    More restaurants

·    Fine as it is


What kinds of businesses would you limit in downtown Chappaqua?

·    Nail salons

·    Banks

·    Fewer or no more real estate businesses


What are your primary concerns regarding walking and driving in downtown Chappaqua?

·    Greeley/King intersection

·    Safety

·    Congestion

·    Y intersection

·    Traffic

·    Parking

·    Speed - people drive to fast

·    No concerns

·    Leaving the train station

·    Traffic flow


How often do you do the following activities in downtown Chappaqua?

·    Shop

·    Work

·    Take the train

·    Eat


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How often do you use the following transportation modes to get around downtown Chappaqua?

·    Walking

·    Driving

·    Biking

 

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Site 1: The Civic Center

Site description: Located in this area of downtown are the library, the Town Hall, the Recreation Field, the church, and all the spaces in between. The group looked as far back as the toddle playground to the connection the area has to the downtown.

Group 1 envisioned downtown Chappaqua as a livelier, more diverse space, safer for pedestrians and people of all ages. The site itself will become more civically functional through improved connections from downtown Chappaqua down to that end of South Greeley Ave. These improvements would not only cater to pedestrians and people of all ages, but also to local businesses and the small town character of Chappaqua.


Ideas for long-term improvements:

·    Street/traffic

o   Sidewalks across front lawn of town hall from street towards back

o   Centralize Parking

o   More parking, possibly on smith street

o   Multi-story parking garage in the south lot of train station

o   Walking Bridges

o   Roundabouts with center fountains


·    Amenities

o   Underground utilities

o   Jitney service

o   Move playground in between library and St. Mary’s, will connect to town

o   Plaza with sculpture and steps in front of town hall


·    Activities

o   Splash pad, water park, water feature

o   More playing fields

o   Utilize, accentuate presence of stream


·    Business

o   Retail space in front of Bell School, between parking lots

o   Turn Bell school into condos

o   Town hall - more space for police dept.

o   Maybe move rec. dept to old fire house

o   Zone storefronts as retail

o   Create BID

o   No franchises

 

Ideas for short-term improvements:


·    Amenities:

o   Better lighting

o   Benches - ensure their utilization

o   Landscape maintenance/pruning

o   Fencing, improve (to improve view/access) or remove by gazebo

o   Café, Kiosk, seating at Library

o   Moveable café

o   Sculpture/art @ town hall

o   Improved signage


·    Businesses

o   Vendors, partnering with existing downtown businesses


·    Street and traffic:

o   Traffic calming measures

o   Crosswalks from library to town hall

o   Better maintenance of sidewalks

o   Wider sidewalks

o   Pick-up area at Bell School

o   Access to gazebo

o   Link buildings, spaces, elements


·    Activities:

o   Create more events especially for the gazebo (dancing, movies, farmers’ market, art exhibits)

o   Exercise program to encourage pedestrian traffic from library to downtown (for example, distance markers

There are no swings at the playground behind Town Hall!! —Maggie Christ

Site 2: Intersection of Greeley and Train Station entrance

Site description: The intersection is the main entry and exit to the train station. This group looked at the intersection and its surroundings, from the parking lot behind the Greeley Hardware Store to the sidewalk in front of Citibank to the parking lot behind Dunkin Donuts, to the gas station, and finally to the Bell School.

Group 2 envisioned downtown Chappaqua and its site as a charming place for all its residents – those in cars, those on foot, and those on bikes. As an extension of the home, the downtown would be a place where people of all ages could go for activities and events and hang out with Officer Green.


Ideas for short-term improvements:

·    Street/Traffic

o   Widen crosswalks

o   Improve sidewalks (including curb cuts)

o   Bumpout where practical (e.g. Bank of America corner)

o   Add signage – “no left turn” behind Pizza Station

o   Temporary four way stop at (Woodburn and Greeley)

o   Extending Officer Green hours (perhaps during Saturday soccer games)

o   Calm traffic

o   add signage (“no left turn” behind Pizza Station, Woodburn Ave sign and centerline to street by Bank of America)

o   Eliminate entrance off Greeley – extend sidewalk (something for kids, seating, planting, etc…)

o   Remove entrance from Woodburn + median

o   90 degree right turn by triangle so folks will STOP coinciding with bump-outs by Citibank Eliminate turn lane on South Greeley

o   bump out on Bank of America corner & make parking on East side of South Greeley back-in angle parking

o   Spruce up/reconfigure parking behind Bank of America (dumpsters are eyesores, angled parking is messy)

o   Reconfigure parking behind Dunkin Donuts

o   Give people incentives to park in back parking lot by metering on street parking (Not-metered in back lot)


·    Amenities

o   Better lighting

o   Heaters for cool weather

o   Artworks in alleyways + on brick walls (e.g. kids’ projects, murals)

o   Cut-out planters in the sidewalks

o   More attractive clock on Bank of America wall

o   Flower and newspaper vendors (Woodburn + Greeley)

o   Beautify dumpsters behind South Greeley shops

o   Create something on the Bell field corner (student run café or vendor?)

o   Take out one parking space at Bank of America, add more seating, planters, make it more of a meeting place, gathering spot

o   More attractive planting (gas station, Pizza Station)

o   Fix rail fence, align + adjust signage


·    Businesses

o   Create a Business Improvement District (BID)


Ideas for long-term improvements:

·    Street/traffic

o   Ramp (2-lanes) off bridge – station parking lot (see drawing)

o   Drop off spot on bridge by stairs to RR station

o   Behind stores east side of Greeley – elevate parking lot and fields, parking underneath. (promenade here?)

o   Put in a traffic light (blinking during off hours)

o   Manage traffic flow (four way stop is first step, then maybe light or maybe keep Officer Green )

o   Local loop buses

o   Connect Woodburn Ave to Senter St. (Did not receive a positive response)

o   Underground parking under field of school


·    Amenities

o   Promenade someplace: stores, seating, trees


·    Activities

o   Night life in town – Bell School incorporate community activities and business

o   Movie theater over Rite Aid

o   Art Museum in fire house “complex”


·    Business

o   Add development facing the field (add pedestrian mall in between existing retail and new retail)

o   Create facades on both sides of new development; make existing entrances of retail better, more attractive, make back entrances also more attractive

o   More retail mix

o   Support local incentives

o   Demo the gas station, build a family-oriented restaurant, a place to re-engage with your neighbors (this suggestion was controversial)

Site 3: The Train Station


Site Description: The train station is where locals and non-locals go to commute. This group looked at the station, the parking lot, the park in front of the station, access to the tracks, and access to the downtown.

The train station is a destination whose history should spill out into its surroundings. Through better traffic and parking management and beautification of the area, pedestrians, vehicle passengers, and bicyclists would be safe. The station itself would be revitalized through these actions and hopefully reactivated through the presence of a good restaurant and other events and activities.


Ideas for short-term improvements:

·    Street/Traffic

o   Add sidewalk on Woodburn

o   Replace bike racks, bike rack near station, increase bike racks

o   Reconfigure some of the parking near train station to improve ped safety and traffic

o   Move taxi stand, to other side of the station

o   Improve drop off/pickup (current problem is that so many cars wait to pick up, but have no place to park while waiting)

o   Better waiting areas

o   Reconfigure handicap parking

o   Reconfigure Woodburn Ave. to allow dedicated left/right turning lanes onto Greeley


·    Amenities

o   Light the crosswalk

o   Information kiosk with a map

o   Lighting and seating in the Green areaAdditional gardens/shrubbery, put near medians, and near monument

o   Maintain greenery, remove dead trees


·    Activities

o   More public events (e.g. coffee house, activities on green)

o   Encourage additional community uses within the station (farmers’ market, craft fair, art show, historic exhibits)

o   Saturday night activities


Ideas for long-term improvements:

·    Street/Traffic

o   More parking, perhaps multilevel parking

o   Implement park and rides, using incentives

o   Better sidewalks, crosswalks everywhere

o   Find entrances/exits to station that don’t go through town (ramp from bridge)

o   Encourage pedestrians to walk to town, add additional town sidewalks, Douglas Rd., stairs from bridge to platform


·    Amenities

o   Make station more of a magnet – develop the green, etc.


·    Business

o   Add a commercial use to the train station to bring activity there in non-rush hours (Concierge, Restaurants, Newsstand, Books, Ice Cream

o   Make green more commercial

o   Better commercial tie-ins

o   Create a BID

I second the idea of dropping a staircase from the 120 bridge down to the train platform. It’s crazy that there is only one staircase to the train, especially now that there is (almost) a sidewalk on 120 to the west of the tracks. —Maggie Christ


Site 4: The Triangle

Site description: This area encompasses the bridge, the triangle park, and the sidewalks and ground floors of adjacent businesses.

As the gateway to town, the current triangle park would be expanded and transformed into the village green, opening up and inviting people into an enlivened downtown Chappaqua.


Ideas for long-term improvements:

·    Amenities

o   Underground utilities

o   Better alternatives for barricades – stone walls? (Bell School – make it look nice)

o   Lower triangle park - pave it as a plaza, park becomes a village green


·    Business

o   More business/better mix

o   Add more retail with pedestrian street


·    Street/Traffic

o   Close Greeley, so that traffic goes around triangle and the park is connected to Greeley country home

o   Add texture, pattern (bomonite-like) to sidewalks

o   More urban design/traffic studies


Ideas for short-term improvements:

·    Street/Traffic

o   Have more, widen, improve sidewalks and crosswalks (ADA compliant)

o   Pinch down roads – increase park area

o   More traffic cops vs. lights (friendly)

o   Slow down traffic on Greeley

o   Reverse flow on king to allow egress

o   Put stop sign at Greeley and Quaker, giving pedestrian access to cross

o   No stops going south, only going north

o   Reorganize parking plan for downtown (consider back parking lot)


·    Amenities

o   Improve lighting on a pedestrian scale

o   Improve flag (light it, make it bigger)

o   Improve/clean landscaping

o   Add games, chess

o   Add Historical signage (traffic signage)

o   Remove existing signs in front of green

o   Street graphics

o   Move Horace Greeley Statue to Green

o   Driveway from Citibank should be removed, use commuter lot for entrance/egress

o   Put building where the lot is closed to mimic Citigroup curved building

o   Close doors on back of business to get people onto sidewalk


·    Business

o   Create BID

o   Redevelop zoning guidelines

o   Improve storefronts (front & back)– paint, improve rooflines, make more consistent, maintain and upgrade

o   Improve garbage clean up

o   No more banks, no more real estate (only allow retail)

  * I suggest that the Horace Greeley statue be moved to the triangle-Y-intersection at the entrance to Chappaqua.  —Ed Frank (11/09/06 06:54 PM EST)

Site 5: Intersection of King & Greeley

 

  Site description: This group looked at not only the intersection and its adjacent storefronts, but also looked up and down King and south and north on Greeley. On Greeley, the group went as far up as the Rite Aid and Second Story Books.

  As another town center, this site is envisioned with mixed-use developments that keep to the small old town feel of Chappaqua. With wider sidewalks, beautification, maintenance, and businesses/restaurants spilling onto sidewalks, the Greeley and King area could become a community focal point for much retail and social activity.


Ideas for long-term improvements:

·    Amenities

o   Make southeast corner into a plaza

o   Make all new buildings out of wood

o   Underground utilities

o   Add water features


·    Street/traffic

o   Stump removal

o   More intersection control

o   Parking structure for remote employee parking (get local employees off streets) and for commuters

o   Right turn lane from Greeley onto King


·    Activities

o   Street related activities - entertainment, retail opportunities, social opportunities

o   Places to schmooze, bring dogs, drink coffee


·    Business

o   Develop parking lot on North Greeley – mixed use

o   Extend downtown retail all the way to the post office in a pedestrian friendly way; sidewalks, parking behind retail

o   Enforce (10’) setbacks

o   Building @ pocket park

o   Increase critical mass of shopping

o   Guidelines for storefronts


Ideas for short-term improvements:

·    Amenities

o   More trees, beautify

o   More lighting (old-fashioned streetlamps)

o   Dress up alley way with murals(make even greater access ways)

o   Move planters to wall at dry cleaners (or remove planters)

o   Remove newspaper boxes

o   Screen the parking lot at and across from Rite Aid

o   Improve Verizon building look

o   Create walkway to community center

o   Create park-ette at soccer field / community center corner

o   Landscape the parking lot

o   Facade improvements


·    Street/traffic:

o   King parking - Change to parallel parking; stripe to widen sidewalks and to change character to make more pedestrian friendly

o   Eliminate police parking, and change to retail parking

o   Clean, repair, and add sidewalks & crosswalks

o   Experiment with bump-outs & landscaping

o   Stop signs or mini-roundabout at Greeley and King intersection

o   Remote parking behind for employees.  Close alley next to Marmalade (gate)

o   Remote use of wide sidewalks

o   Shift benches for Eastern circulation near Starbucks


·    Business

o   Awnings on storefronts

o   Retail-only ground floors

o   Work with new development on Lower King

o   Put restaurants on northeast corner of North Greeley

o   Make the backs of buildings the fronts!


·    Activities

o   Recalculate flood plain

Site 6: Looking up King

  Site description: The group at this site looked at how this area connects to the downtown and to the Bell School fields and how the downtown connects to this end. They followed King up to where the prevalence of retail and commerce fades and followed Senter to a little past the Community Center and Firehouse.

  Site 6 is envisioned to be connected to the downtown. With the improvements, people will be drawn up King St. to experience a diversity and attractiveness of shops.
 

Ideas for short-term improvements:

·    Street/traffic

o   Widen sidewalks

o   More crosswalks

o   Sidewalks with curb cuts

o   Sidewalk enhancements


·    Amenities

o   More seating

o   Plantings repaired

o   Continuity between downtown and here using landscape and historical, New England charm

o   More accessible for pedestrians

o   Move Horace Greeley Statue to triangle @ bridge to town

o   Improve lighting

o   Improve public space by Community Center


·    Activities

o   Farmers’ market

o   More holiday decorations

o   Community center should be full-blown to serve all ages and demographics

o   Connect activity of Greeley house, community center, Grappolo, to soccer field to Bell School to retail


·    Business

o   Better retail windows

o   Better signage

o   Murals on vacant store windows

o   Retailers to consider leaving on their signage lights during evening hours

o   Make entrance to Horace Greeley House more welcoming – light up at night


  * King Street @ Grappola is unnecessarily wide and should be narrowed. Go to http://hometown.aol.com/inspameng/page1.html to view a concept which would help to beautify the intersection and make the intersection more pedestrian friendly. —Ed Frank (12/08/06 09:43 PM EST)

  * There should be a sidewalk up the south side of King, from the Greeley House up to at least Prospect. There are stores along there that are not well suited to foot traffic, and there are pedestrians (commuters and Bell students especially) who move up and down King. —Maggie Christ (03/27/07 04:50 PM EST)

Ideas for long-term improvements:

·    Street/traffic

o   King Street along Family Britches and Grappolo should be “T” intersection by keeping width of King Street to Senter Street uniform(space for seating, trees, and shortens walk from King Street from Grappolo to Takayama Restaurant)

o   3-way stop sign @ King St and Greeley

o   More parking

o   Underground parking lot under soccer field


·    Amenities

o   Pedestrian mall in town

o   Underground utilities

o   Hire a planner to create links in downtown; more unification with downtown and history

o   Create more standard architectural design


·    Business

o   Create a place/plaza with diversity of local shops

o   Link shops behind soccer field and connecting alley ways

o   Add plaza of shops to underground parking lot under soccer field, extend Grappolo to fields


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Related:

• 2003 Vollmer Report:
www.newcastlenow.org/images/uploads/Vollmer2003Report.pdf

• From NCNOW’s archives:  An outline of the PPS report, “PPS Report on Downtown Chappaqua from Fall 2006

• To view the full PPS report in PDF form, click here .

• August 2008 Comprehensive Landscape Design Project

In August 2008, The Town of New Castle retained a team of design consultants, Pouder Design Group, to advance a vision for the revitalization of the streetscape within the Hamlet of Chappaqua.

http://mynewcastle.org/images/SiteImages/Information/Concept%20Presentation-1.pdf


• In this article from NCNOW’s archives is a very useful critique of the 1989 Master Plan by the Planning Board of two years ago: Planning board tucks into 1989 town development plan with an eye to revision and participation; members choose their five-ish top priorities for the future, NCNOW.org, 3/16/2012

• For NCNOW’s collected articles on Master Plan, click HERE.


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