A Master Plan “Community Conversation”—Question Three, on Public Infrastructure

Monday, February 10, 2014
by Rob Greenstein

“Should the town use some of the train station parking lot for other uses (such as a transit oriented development consisting of housing and commercial development) with an offset for the loss of any parking addressed through the construction a parking structure?”

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You can revisit our first question by clicking: “What type of services, events, shopping, etc. would you like to see in downtown Chappaqua or Millwood in the evenings/night-time?”

Our second question by clicking: “Should development in downtown Chappaqua or Millwood include housing mixed in with commercial uses?”

And our third question by clicking: “Should the town use some of the train station parking lot for other uses (such as a transit oriented development consisting of housing and commercial development) with an offset for the loss of any parking addressed through the construction a parking structure?”


Comments(8):
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Maybe.

However, I think that the whole area directly adjacent to the train station building should be addressed. The traffic situation is crazy - the town is forced to employ a traffic cop whose sole job seems to be to keep cars moving, when what most of those cars are doing is waiting for passengers to get off the train.

Additionally, the concentric half circles near the station are a really nice amenity - good for events like community day, and for the farmers market. I would not want to see a change there.

If a parking structure were to be built, it should be out towards Washington Avenue. And it would be nice if it wasn’t too hideous.

By maggie christ on 02/11/2014 at 10:44 am

a parking structure similar to the one built for NW hospital in Mt. Kisco may work nice.

By Chris Roberta on 02/11/2014 at 11:50 am

Have people subscribe and be compelled to buy a bond, like joining Twin Oaks. YOu will be able to raise the financing at zero interest

By PARKING STRUCTURE on 02/11/2014 at 11:29 pm

Does any one know what was the cost of NWH parking structure? Also how much land was used?

By LBG on 02/12/2014 at 5:35 pm

An independent authority can publicly raise money, use parking and meter revenues. Its bonds would be tax free municipal bonds. No doubt many wealthy residents of the town would make the investment. I would, if the obligations were actually guaranteed by the town, not just a “moral obligation”

By Create a parking authority on 02/13/2014 at 4:21 am

I think about 25,000 per parking spot, and they had to bus everyone to the hospital and back for over a year. Summit Greenfield generously provided free parking at CC during that time or they would not have been able to expand their emergency room and build the parking garage.

By to LBJ on 02/13/2014 at 9:38 am

Keeping station parking as close to the station as possible makes sense.  Underground parking would be great, if the soil conditions would tolerate deep digging, which I doubt. Barring that, Something multileveled like a much modified White Plains RR parking structure isn’t bad looking, is terrifically functonal and could incorporate a much needed supermarket.

By Em Reed on 02/13/2014 at 10:43 am

Underground parking would be unsafe and would need policing.  It is asking for trouble and it does not belong in our town.
Most parking structures are ugly.  In any case, these are subjects that will need to be fully studied and addressed in a complete wholistic master plan discussion.

By no to underground parking on 02/14/2014 at 10:10 am


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