Town Board rescinds Chappaqua Train Station lease

12:15 a.m. Wednesday, June 25

Editor’s Note:  Late last night after adjourning the public hearing on Chappaqua Crossing, the Town Board adopted a resolution rescinding the Chappaqua Train Station lease resolution by a 5-0 vote.  A new RFP—“request for proposals” process will begin.  Discussion of the RFP process is on the Town Board’s work session agenda for Tuesday, July 1.  Below is a statement from Supervisor Rob Greenstein as well as the text of the new resolution.

“This year, when this Board decided to reopen the application process, the second RFP helped create a level playing field and get all of the applicants on the same page.  All of the applicants saw the second RFP.  All of the applicants had the same opportunity to respond to the second RFP.  The overall result was more applicants, and better proposals, in my opinion, than at any other point during this 2-year process.  Nevertheless, we’re going to do it again.  When the Board reviewed the referendum petition and weighed its options, the most prudent choice was to rescind its lease award and reopen the selection process once again.  We invite all prior applicants for leasing the Chappaqua Train Station to resubmit their proposals for consideration.”

TOWN BOARD TOWN OF NEW CASTLE
RESOLUTION REPEALING APPROVAL RESOLUTION FOR THE CHAPPAQUA TRAIN STATION LEASE

Council Member Katz moved, seconded by Council Member Chapin to approve the following resolution;

WHEREAS, by Resolution adopted on May 20, 2014 (the “Approval Resolution”), the Town Board authorized the Town Supervisor to execute a Lease Agreement with Love at 10514, LLC; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to Town Law § 90, the Approval Resolution was subject to a permissive referendum; and

WHEREAS, on June 18, 2014, a Petition for a Permissive Referendum on the Approval Resolution was filed with the Town Clerk of the Town of New Castle; and

WHEREAS, the Town Board has concluded that rather than contest the Permissive Referendum’s validity, the interests of its residents will be best-served by repealing its Approval Resolution and reopening the application process for a lease award; and

WHEREAS, the Town Board has the authority to repeal the Approval Resolution pursuant to Town Law § 93, which statutory provision was expressly incorporated in its Lease Agreement with Love at 10514, LLC;

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Town Board’s Approval Resolution is hereby repealed pursuant to Town Law § 93, and that by operation of law, the Town’s Lease Agreement with Love at 10514, LLC is rescinded; and it is

FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Town Administrator is directed to publish an RFP for leasing the Chappaqua Train Station in substantially the same form as the RFP that the Town published on March 19, 2014; and it is

FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board invites all prior applicants for leasing the Chappaqua Train Station to resubmit their proposals for consideration.


VOTE                       AYES       NAYS

Supervisor Greenstein         X

Deputy Supervisor Katz       X

Council Member Brodsky     X

Council Member Chapin       X

Council Member Mottel       X

 

Approved June 24, 2014

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