Town approves hospital employee parking at Reader’s Digest

August 15, 2008
by Christine Yeres

Last Tuesday night the Town Board cleared the way to help out its neighbor, Northern Westchester Hospital, during its emergency department expansion by allowing 140 of its employees to park at the Reader’s Digest property for the next three years, beginning around November 2008.


The board voted unanimously to authorize a carefully crafted resolution entitled, “Operational Plan for the Temporary Use of Chappaqua Crossing by Northern Westchester Hospital for Employee Only Parking.” In it, the board spells out the terms of the permitted use.  Already a hot traffic area with Saw Mill parkway, Roaring Brook Road and Bedford Road Hospital intersections, hospital employees may not enter the Digest property between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. – the height of high school traffic.  Employees will be shuttled from the Digest property to the hospital from 8:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. and back again from 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.  Between the last morning shuttle to the hospital and the first shuttle from the hospital back to the Digest, the resolution requires that parkers use “private taxi service” or “Bee-Line bus service.” 

The resolution states that the hospital “will promote and continue to encourage to the greatest extent possible employee carpooling through use of the Metropool and NU-RIDE and existing public transportation to minimize traffic congestion around the Chappaqua Crossing site.”

The Town Board “reserves the right to alter this operational plan, after consultation in writing with [Northern Westchester Hospital], so long as it is required by actual operating experiences and consistent with Local Law #3 of 2008.”

Other articles on this subject:

Eye on Reader’s Digest: Summit Greenfield asks for variance to lease parking spaces to NW hospital – May 15, 2008;

Town Board approves 140 parking spaces for hospital – July 11, 2008

To view the text of the Town Board’s resolution, click here: Hospital_parking_at_RD_20080814162511116_(2).pdf