Public hearing set on Reader’s Digest development

New Castle, NY — Housing option for empty nesters and boon to the tax base or threat to the school system and too-dense addition to a bucolic hamlet: town residents will have a chance once again on Tuesday to try to sway the Town Board their way before the vote on the Chappaqua Crossing development at the former Reader’s Digest property.

The hearing will be the first of at least two hearings before the Town Board votes on five zoning amendments that would allow Summit Development and Greenfield Partners to redevelop the 116-acre Bedford Road property that has been the focus of years of furious debate.

The Town Board had hoped to wrap up final votes — six years after planning for the property’s future began — by the end of March but is still working to finish the required environmental review. The Final Environmental Impact Statement is now expected to be complete by March 25 and a second hearing will likely be held April 4, pushing off votes until mid-April.

Supervisor Barbara Gerrard said town consultants and board members have been working every day for at least a month to fill in the gaps in the developers’ last submission.

“We know the public wants to see the FEIS,” she said.

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Head of the Munsch Hardt (Dallas law firm) Hospitality & Mixed Use Development Group, and former developer of affordable housing. I'm i
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