The New Castle Town Board approved an extension of six months for developer Summit/Greenfield to get site plan approval to take advantage of the site's zoning that allows for condos and townhouses to be built.
The new deadline for the site plan process to finish is Oct. 11 or else the zoning will lapse and its status will revert to what it was prior to last year's vote.
The zoned space, officially called the Multifamily Planned Development Zone (MFPD) was set to expire on April 11, the and 111 housing units on the spot, which is more than 30 acres. Summit/Greenfield unsuccessfully requested 199 units, with more than an additional 29 acres to have been placed under the MFPD. The housing zone is in addition to the site's existing commercial zone to the north and west of the approved spot, which includes 700,000 square feet of office space that made up what was once the corporate campus of Reader's Digest.
In by attorney John Marwell, Summit/Greenfield requested 12 months, or two six-month extensions, which is the maximum amount it can get based on a preliminary development plan the board approved last year. The developer, which is over how the rezoning review was handled, still wants to retain the site's granted status. The federal suit is , while the town is by a judge.
Summit/Greenfield can still request another six-month extension.
"We're just encouraging them to move forward," said Supervisor Susan Carpenter.
Deputy Supervisor Elise Kessler Mottel chose to abstain. She recused herself during the rezoning review because her law firm, Seiden & Schein, does work with an affiliate of Greenfield Partners, which makes up half of the Summit/Greenfield entity
Councilman John Buckley, who also recused himself during the review because he is a realtor by profession for Houlihan Lawrence, chose to vote in favor of the extension.
When asked why he chose to vote, Buckley said: “The matter has been decided by the town," referring to the fact that the property was already rezoned last April.
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