New Castle Supervisor’s Report – March 22, 2018
Supervisor, New Castle
Downtown Chappaqua Infrastructure and Streetscape Project Update
We have completed out water main replacement. New water main installed from the library to North Greeley and Lower King and is now in full operation. Although not part of our project, Con Ed has replaced their gas lines. We are now working on the sewer replacement. The largest and most critical & important sewer manhole has now been installed at Starbucks. The main sewer line has now been installed at lower king, laterals & testing is now in progress. Continuation of the new sewer main will take place on South Greeley from King (Starbucks) to Woodburn (Pizza Station). Additional crews have now been mobilized to install the main sewer line at South Greeley. We are starting the storm drain replacement including installation of storm water treatment system behind Dunkin Donuts. Storm water system will continue from the gas station to the post office and up on King Street to Senter Street (Community Center). Then the fun part – revitalize downtown streetscape! The good news is that the asphalt plants open on April 1st. During the winter our potholes were filled with “cold patch” — a temporary fix that involves filling the hole with pre-mixed asphalt and tamping it down. Weather, traffic & snow plows take their toll on the repair causes the asphalt to crumble. Here’s a link for our merchant meeting held on 3/23 (https://vimeo.com/261917858). We also had a chamber of commerce meeting on 3/27. Click here for weekly updates & two weeks forecast. If you would like to receive daily updates, please email me – RGreenstein@MyNewCastle.org.
Back in December, 2015, the Town Board approved housing in the Cupola Building. This is how affordable housing should be – integrated with work force and market rates units – and woven into the fabric of our community. This is affordable housing we can be proud of! The first residents started moving in a few weeks ago. They expect full occupancy, including the market rate units, by June 1. Whole Foods has announced their grand opening for Nov 7th! Some have asked for an update on the retail construction at Chappaqua Crossing.:
- Building A: Whole Foods is now beginning to work on the interior.
- Building B: Building shell will be complete by mid-April.
- Building C: Foundation work to begin by mid-April
- Building D: Steel Frame Complete, trusses being installed this week then framing will begin. Building Shell is expected to be complete mid-June.
- Building E: Steel Frame complete, metal roof deck currently being installed. Building shell expected to be complete mid-May
- Building F: Lifetime Fitness building. Foundations complete steel has been delivered.
As far as interior roadways, they are currently working on all roadway utilities including electric, sewer & water. Due to the extensive amount of underground utility work that needs to be completed along the Chappaqua Crossing entrance off Route 117, that entrance road will be closed from March 29th – April 5th. The new access to the Chappaqua Crossing site for the public during this time frame will be by means of the west entrance off of Roaring Brook Road. The Chappaqua Performing Arts Center will be accessible by means of the new traffic routing. They expect all interior roadways to be complete by mid-June and parking lots complete by mid-summer.
New Diverse Housing – 91 Bedford Road
The New Castle Planning Board has recently approved a new multi-use building to be constructed at 91 Bedford Road, the former location of the Whispering Pines flower shop, just north of Quaker Tavern. The new building is proposed to be 3 stories, with retail on the ground floor, 14 rental apartments on the 2nd & 3rd floors above, and basement-level parking below, all connected by elevator. The project is being designed and developed by local Chappaqua firms: Steve, Joe & JJ Tavolacci are the owners & developers; Sasaki+Spade Architects are the designers and architects; and Campbell Engineering is the site engineer. The building will incorporate environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient construction, as well as features to minimize impacts on adjacent properties, such as fully-shielded exterior lighting, pervious paving with an underground stormwater retention system, and an extensive landscape buffer around the property. The project also incorporates elements of the new Comprehensive Plan, including street lamps, sidewalks, planters, benches and bicycle parking. The project received final Planning Board approval in December, and they hope to start construction sometime this summer or early fall, and be completed by 2019.
We wrote a letter to Senator Terrence Murphy dated March 28, 2018 re: the Town Board’s unanimous support for proposed legislation limiting gun violence.
Residents can report potholes to Pothole@MyNewCastle.org. Residents can also download our mobile app – My New Castle 311. With the mobile app you can pinpoint the location of the issue with GPS and attach photos right from your phone. My New Castle 311 mobile app is available for use on Apple and Android smartphones: iTunes
Raising the Age for Tobacco & Vape Product Purchases
We are looking into raising the legal age to purchase cigarettes, other tobacco products, as well as vaping products, from 18 to 21. We previously passed a new local law regulates the location of vape shops. We are committed to protecting young people from all nicotine delivery systems. We have set the public hearing for 04/10. The Rockland County Legislature recently approved a bill that raises the legal sales age from 18 to 21 to purchase cigarettes and e-cigarettes. Hopefully Westchester County will follow their lead.
Lighted Basketball Court & Playground
We have a proposed finalized location. We received the revised plan which will be reviewed and then forwarded to our Environmental Review Board for the necessary wetlands permits.
Music in Chappaqua’s March for Our Lives benefit concert!
Congratulations to all the students and teachers on their outstanding performances at Music in Chappaqua’s March for Our Lives Benefit Concert.
Chappaqua Restaurant Week – April 9th – 14th
Our 1st Chappaqua Restaurant Week is scheduled for April 9th – 14th. So far, Le Jardin, Aesop’s Fable, Chappaqua Tavern & Quaker Hill Tavern are taking part. Stay tuned for details.