Local architect Wally Tascano is among those who is speaking out against Conifer Realty's proposed 36-unit Chappaqua Station affordable housing proposal. Now, he is taking his opposition and turning the focus to other sites for such housing.
At Wednesday's New Castle Town Board meeting, Tascano unveiled a series of alternative site plans that he put together for downtown Chappaqua. They include a wooded area behind town hall that goes onto Washington Avenue, and a triangular plot to the west, which is along Washington and near the border with Pleasantville. Both sites are at or above 1.5 acres, which Tascano notes allows for more room than the 0.38 acres for Conifer's proposal along Hunts Place.
“You don’t have to put a building on it which is exactly the same size as the site," he said. Tascano noted that both sites are owned by the town.
Tascano created several variations for each site, including scenarios in which the same sized building would fit or ones in which the structure would be downsized to three smaller ones. A portion of the parking in some version is partially underground.
Deputy Supervisor Elise Kessler Mottel asked if part of a nearby skate board park would be touched. Tascano replied that it would but that could be avoided because of the site's size. He also felt that it is underutilized.
Photos of each version are attached.