In new site plan SG asks that limit on number of 1,500 to 5,000 s.f. stores be removed
Top rendering is of left side of Whole Foods; bottom is of front facade with additional retail on right. See larger photos in “Read more…”
With 60 comments since publication
Saturday, April 12, 2014
by Christine Yeres
Because the rearrangement of the retail spaces along the main entry drive in the new site plan from Summit Greenfield is not conducive to junior-anchor-size stores, the developer is asking the Town Board to “remove the limit on the maximum number of stores between 1,500 and 5,000 square feet” at Chappaqua Crossing, in order to allow “the mix and size of retail tenants that would complement a pedestrian-oriented shopping street.” Summit Greenfield also asks the Town Board to add “the growing of fruits and vegetables for sale” as a permitted accessory use.
Reports of the plan developed with Planning Board member, architect Tom Curley, have appeared in NCNOW articles over the last several months. Curley speculated during his last showing of the plan-in-progress—see PB has a latest look at Chappaqua Crossing “Main Street” of retail and residential, NCNOW.org, 3/21/14—that Summit Greenfield might soon submit it for the Town Board to consider, then pass to the Planning Board for comments. The plan is in, and will be the subject of discussion in a joint Town Board / Planning Board meeting on Tuesday, April 22. The meeting will include Michael Galante, the town’s traffic consultant on Chappaqua Crossing.
The following parts of the submission—
CHAPPAQUA CROSSING REVISED PDCP SUBMISSION
Latest submissions from Chappaqua Crossing:
Chappaqua Crossing 2014 Revised PDCP Description (76.87 MB)
Chappaqua Crossing 2014 Revised PDCP Full-Size Drawings (45.31 MB)
Chappaqua Crossing 2014 Revised PDCP Preliminary Stormwater Management Report (5.51 MB)
—are all available by clicking HERE, but they are large files that you will be invited to download from the site of Divney Tung Schwalbe, consultants to Summit Greenfield.
PREVIOUS PLAN: [retail is shown in yellow]
Whole Foods was inside the 100 building and 200 (cupola) building, other retail in new footprint in front of it
NEW LAYOUT: [retail is shown in yellow]
Whole Foods and other retail all make new footprint, Whole Foods with its back to Roaring Brook Road, other retail arranged on axis of the entryway from Bedford Road to cupola building.
SOME FEATURES OF THE NEW SITE PLAN:
From the letter accompanying the site plan materials, Andy Tung writes:
The “traditional neighborhood design” configuration of the proposed retail spaces along the main entry drive is not readily adaptable to the parking and loading requirements of mid-sized retailers (“junior anchors” of 10,000 to 25,000 sf) that would typically be found in the more conventional retail center layout of the DSEIS PDCP. With the exception of a proposed 25,000 sf gym, 40,000 sf grocery, and a 4,000 sf bank, the remaining retail spaces are designed to permit further partitioning to suit smaller tenants. As the 2014 Revised Retail PDCP was developed to incorporate tenets of traditional neighborhood design in coordination with the Town’s representatives, the Applicant requests that the Town Board remove the limit on the maximum number of stores between 1,500 and 5,000 square feet from the Redrafted Local Law (currently stated as “four” in Section 60-360.8.3) in order to permit the mix and size of retail tenants that would complement a pedestrian-oriented shopping street. Additionally, to permit the growing of organic produce on the site as described above, the Applicant requests that the town board add “the growing of fruits and vegetables for sale” as a Permitted Accessory Use….”
The new submission claims that traffic volume and tax revenues remain the same as in the old plan. The residential plan remains the same, with a total of 111 residential units, 60 fee-simple attached townhouses in groups of two-to-four units with garages at rear, 51 condos including 20 AFFH units, but in this new plan the Wallace Auditorium remains embedded in the residential development “for community use.”
The Whole Foods space shows as 40,000 square feet with 10,000 square feet of additional retail to its right. Designated uses are a gym of 25,000 square feet and a bank of 4,000.
Delivery trucks still enter at Bedford Road, “potential off-site traffic-related impacts and mitigation measures would be the same under the 2014 Revised Retail PDCP [as under the former one].”
With Whole Foods free-standing in new footprint, the 200 Building (cupola) remains office space.