A Master Plan “Community Conversation”—Question Two, on Housing

Monday, February 3, 2014
by Rob Greenstein

Should development in downtown Chappaqua or Millwood include housing mixed in with commercial uses?

Feel free to comment here.  It helps us for you to use your real name.  We have an intern compiling comments and they will count for more, for master plan survey purposes, if you sign them.  We will also be posting the same question on our Town of New Castle Facebook page, and the Town’s web site.

Residents are also encouraged to attend our town board meetings and give their ideas.

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And 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?”

We encourage civil, civic discourse. All comments are reviewed before publication to assure that this standard is met.

Rob, you know how everyone feels, which does not mirror what we need. People will simply re-state their prior positions. Without lower rents
(which you are powerless to make happen), nothing can help downtown.

Those “shop local” banners have accomplished nothing. The better banner would be: “lower rents”.

By touchy feely on 02/03/2014 at 8:28 am

Retail at Chappaqua Crossing might do exactly that: lower rents downtown.

By Lower rents? on 02/03/2014 at 10:41 am

There is a long tradition in both Chappaqua and Millwood of combining residences and businesses in the commercial centers. The same is true in many other Westchester communities. Probably the main problem to be solved by increasing density in this way is to assure sufficient parking for both.

By Gray Williams. on 02/03/2014 at 10:58 am

Lower rents,

No, many of the landlords in town have very deep pockets.  They have demonstrated that they care not if their spaces are let.

There is no good reason to have retail at CC, none.

In town it is good to have resident / businesses.  If there is a way to encourage more of them that would be a good thing.

By would not lower rents on 02/03/2014 at 3:34 pm

Wake up. Landlords will only lower rents is they are compelled to do so.  Economic pressure is the only thing they respond to.  And only CC will create that pressure.

By Dear would be on 02/04/2014 at 8:34 am

Five responses & 4/5 are anonymous…what a “community” conversation. It’s a shame that the words master plan are included in the title.  How’s our panhandling for a consultant working out?

By Chris Roberta on 02/07/2014 at 10:38 pm

We just have to accept that some are relentless in their avid support of the previous, soundly defeated, town board and the failed policies of the past. They will never offer anything constructive.

By bob on 02/08/2014 at 9:24 am

Has anyone investigated the feasibility of building housing in downtown Chappaqua.?  Does any one think about the terrain ?
The town is an East - West , North - South crossroad situated between a mountain and a river which periodically overflows the banks and is parallel to railroad tracks.  Will parking be provided underground ?
Can you build down in wet land ? What are some of the other questions
need to be asked ? Why spoil an unusual little town to make way for high density commercial enterprise when New Castle has an enormous opportunity to expand commercially at open land ready to be developed




















By Questions ??? on 02/08/2014 at 9:25 am

Pave the Hunts Lane space for parking, and perhaps add a second level with a walkway to the bridge.  This would be a good space for all-day parking, especially for merchants.  Put the affordable housing on Washington Avenue, and/or on top of any commercial buildings that have empty space.  Above all, keep the “slip lane” from S. Greeley to King Street, and install a traffic light at the intersection of Greeley & King. People familiar with the right-of-way coming down the hill tend to speed, and out-of-towners stop in confusion.

By Marian Williams on 02/08/2014 at 10:26 am

If monkey has an idea that makes sense, it should be given thought. If a disclosed person makes an illogical statement, is that statement made better because we know who made it?

With time, deep pockets get less deep. It is self defeating for the landlords to keep vacancies. Vacancies beget other vacancies.

I have yet to hear a landlord proposal for downtown revitalization and
the landlord’s offer to pay for a part of it, over and above taxes that they want us to pay for their benefit

By Anonymity is irrelevant on 02/09/2014 at 10:41 pm

Talk and typing on this site cost nothing. Our naïve kibitizers, while sincere and well meaning, are nothing more than arm chair critics.

Shedding light on the situation is a good place to start.

What are the names of the landlords?
What are the rents that are being charged?
Do the tenants pay part of the real estate taxes as part of their rent?

To say that the information is private is to say that the landlords reject any help that we may wish to give.

By Sheesh on 02/09/2014 at 10:50 pm

What are the names of the landlords?
What are the rents that are being charged?
What are the taxes on each one of the downtown properties?

By Full disclosure on 02/10/2014 at 12:41 pm

One vote for “No.”

By Simple on 02/18/2014 at 7:09 pm

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