Chappaqua Downtown Revitalization – July 17, 2018

Sewer installation was completed. Storm drainage work continues. Storm drainage is expected to be completed by September. Installation of the new traffic signal at South Greeley Avenue and King Street is anticipated for October. Curbing and most sidewalk work is slated to be done in November. Underground electrical work will be done in January. The installation of new street lighting is set for March. Plantings will be done in the Spring. Permanent road paving will be done in the spring when the asphalt plants open. Merchants and residents will not be inconvenienced for a second consecutive holiday shopping season – we are shutting down most of the operation from Thanksgiving until after the first of the year. As far as tree removals, we are removing a total of 24 trees that would be subject to replacement. The current streetscape tree planting will be adding approximately 82 trees, plus additional landscaping that will take place throughout the Town. As far as the 82 new trees scheduled to be planted throughout the hamlet, the selection of new trees for the streetscape will include several varieties of trees that are known to perform well within streetscape areas – surrounded by a myriad of pipes, concrete and other structures, very little soil, minimal opportunity to spread its roots, and limited access to nutrients. These trees are also exposed to harsh conditions above ground, including intense weather changes, sunlight, air pollution, salt, variable moisture rates, limited growing space, and a host of other environmental contaminants. We plan on installing “Structural Soil” within the tree pits. This will allow the trees to spread its roots horizontally underneath the sidewalk & minimize the amount of sidewalk upheaval from tree roots. The streetscape trees consist of several species including red, sugar, hedge maple varieties, sweetgum, serviceberry, redbud, dogwood, little leaf linden, magnolia, elm, cherry varieties, zelkovia, and heritage birch to help create a vibrant and sustainable tree scape for the hamlet area. Each tree variety will also include a decorative plaque that highlights some interesting information about the tree. Thank you to Steve Coleman, the Town’s Environmental Coordinator & Arborist, for his guidance and work on the streetscape tree planting. Please remember to check the Town of New Castle website for all updates. If you would like to receive daily updates, please email me – RGreenstein@MyNewCastle.org