A Master Plan “Community Conversation”—Question Six:  What besides a grocery at CC?

Monday, March 3, 2014
by Rob Greenstein

We continue our Community Conversation on the Master Plan with another question this week:

If commercial development at Chappaqua Crossing is anchored by a grocery store, what other uses would you want to see there?

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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During the meeting, you can ask questions via a chat function on the live stream on New Castle Community Media Center (NCCMC)’s site via Livestream. Residents can just click on the Town Board meeting pane to view and chat. This will help the town board gather information from residents who can’t attend the meetings in person.  We also intend to reach out also through mailings, for residents who do not use internet or cannot attend our meetings.


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?”

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?”

Our fourth question by clicking: Would you like to see more recreation facilities in the Town? Indoor and/or Outdoor? Public or Private?

And our fifth question by clicking: Is more open space for “passive recreation”—hiking, walking, dog-walking, sitting and relaxing—needed throughout the Town?


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A use that generates tax revenues.  Don’t add a use that generates more traffic but doesn’t generate revenues.

By Chris Roberta on 03/03/2014 at 9:48 pm

Chipotle, another chain or two, a mix like Armonk Square. including Millwood’s Taza

Something that will wholesomely draw Greeley kids and which will also provide a place for parents to wait, shop etc while their children are at Greeley.

A shuttle would also be good but, unfortunately, the Greeley students may view it as a “loser cruiser” and not use it.

The architectural design should be charming, village-like. Armonk square style, but our style.

no stores seen from the road.

Saw mill entrance as main entrance.

By long time resident on 03/03/2014 at 10:20 pm

I am against development at Chappaqua Crossing but I feel at this point that it is inevitable, so I should weigh in.

First, with regard to the Whole Foods, not all WF stores are the same layout.  We are used to the older layout in WP and Greenwich—traditional supermarket with very little seating.  Many of the newer stores have a huge prepared foods area and also a lot of seating.  I do not prefer this model and that model will drive out potential restaurant co tenants who will not want the location.  I would like to see a large wine and beer section (I have seen this in some new WF in other suburban areas) as well as a large Whole Body section.  Some of the WFs have a separate but annexed Whole Body store and I think we have the demand to support that sort of location.

Second, i like the idea of a Chelsea Sports type complex, but most people are thinking this would support our local teams or be lower cost like the town pools.  I don’t see how this type of complex is not going to be either (i) private and expensive or (ii) free to use and not a source of tax revenue but a further drain.

Finally, with respect to your original question,I would support putting in some successful non big box chains that appeal to an up market,  My first choice is Le Pain Quotidien (which has many locations in CT), but they want a bakery business and I don’t know if they would want to be next to a Whole Foods.  My next choice would be a successful smaller bookstore chain like Shakespeare & Co or Posman’s.  I also don’t know if we could incentivize one of these NYC chefs/restaurateurs to open a restaurant if we are going to develop the space like has been done at Moderne Barn, Inn at Pound Ridge, or Tarry Lodge locations.

As you can tell, I am not is favor of a strip mall of big box stores.  I don’t think we need a PetCo, a Target, or a Hallmark.  What I drive for now is high-quality services, restaurants, or food.

By Against Chappaqua Crossing on 03/04/2014 at 7:52 am

Thank you “against”. In the end I think you wont regret it. SO LONG AS WE CANT SEE IT FROM THE ROAD!!!!! If too much planned visibility, I will beg your pardon and ask you to allow me to join your opposition

By finally on 03/04/2014 at 6:22 pm

And just how does “not see it from the road”  help all the residents surrounding it with this intrusion on their lives and well being.  How selfish you are !!

By how selfish ! on 03/05/2014 at 9:20 am

Next time you purchase a home you should consider this could potentially happened. How did it go for you when there were 5,000 Readers Digest employees going in and out?

By @how selfish on 03/05/2014 at 7:35 pm

Next time you purchase a home you should consider this could potentially happen. How did it go for you when there were 5,000 Readers Digest employees going in and out every day?

By @how selfish on 03/05/2014 at 7:36 pm

Multiplex movie theater
Gas station, car wash

By lou on 03/05/2014 at 7:58 pm

To how selfish,

It is not selfish to want the new development to be screened with landscaping.  Summit Greenfield’s architect is not Stanford White.  He is proposing plain, monotonous big box stores.  Without landscaping and screening to hide these over-sized warehouse-looking buildings, the surrounding residential development will loose value.

By Rocky on 03/05/2014 at 8:07 pm

Rocky and @ how selfish.

1. Not my neighborhood.
2.  You do not know what you are talking about regarding the old Readers Digest days.  They had 1800 parking spaces.  Yes, 1800 and they had busses for the rest of the workers. Those busses came and went at regularly scheduled hours that respected the high school hours.

By how selfish ! on 03/06/2014 at 9:32 am

I continue to watch the drama in Chappaqua Crossing with great amusement. For some strange reason, both the citizens and the government of New Castle seem to be disconnected with the real world. Big box retail is dying. The economy is close to collapse.

Staples is closing 225 stores. Most of the Chappaqua Moms are either getting their food delivered or are in the Wholeshare group.

What a boondoggle this is!

By amused on 03/07/2014 at 4:22 pm

IF whole foods looks like a regular supermarket, what is the problem?
The selfishness is to NOT allow the supermarket we need.

By big Box? on 03/09/2014 at 7:25 am

No more freestanding nail salons if we can help it.

Chipotle is huge with teenagers and adults. Healthy.

Open, walking and sitting layout w style to be appropriate to our classic town.

By Another long time resident on 04/02/2014 at 2:15 pm

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