The Team New Castle ticket for the New Castle Town Board will have a talk tonight about the Chappaqua Crossing retail plan. The proposal has been vocally criticized by two of the ticket's members: Supervisor candidate Rob Greenstein and Councilwoman candidate Lisa Katz.
The items to be discussed include traffic, impact on the Chappaqua and Millwood business districts and property values. It starts at 7 p.m. at Horace Greeley High School's academic commons.
In a press release about the event, the ticket is critical of how the current town board has handled the proposal, which calls for creating 120,000 square feet of retail space, including a grocery store of 36,000 to 66,000.
"There are too many unanswered questions regarding the effect that such a retail development has upon the quality of life of the residents of New Castle, the probability of financial damage to the property owners of New Castle and the very real possibility of financial ruin being suffered by the business owners of both existing hamlets in New Castle." the statement read. "The Town Board introduced the concept of retail at Chappaqua Crossing without consulting anyone. We cannot vote in favor of the proposal since the potential financial and quality of life ramifications to our town, to our homeowners and to our business owners far, far outweigh the potential tax benefits to our town that retail at Chappaqua Crossing will generate."
The announcement also claims that developer Summit/Greenfield wants to turn Chappaqua Crossing into another version of Connecticut retail complex Kings Crossing, which includes a CVS, Chipotle and Five Guys. The developer also created Kings Crossing and sold it in 2012, according to various news reports.