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Big Redevelopment Plans Making Headway In Westchester

A screen shot that shows the phase I site plan for Edge-On-Hudson at the former General Motors site in Sleepy Hollow. Photo Credit: Lighthouse Landing Ventures/Screen shot
The Chappaqua Crossing cupola building. Photo Credit: Summit/Greenfield
A concept rendering for redevelopment in downtown New Rochelle. Photo Credit: RDRXR

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Several prominent sites across Westchester are seeing movement on redevelopment plans.

In Chappaqua, two projects for the former Reader's Digest campus, now known as Chappaqua Crossing, are under review by town of New Castle officials.

One component involves the construction of 120,000 square feet of retail space, which would be anchored by a 40,000-square-foot Whole Foods grocery store. The town board granted a series of approvals for the project in December and May.

The project is now before the New Castle Planning Board, which is reviewing the proposal's site plan, which is the final layout for the buildings. Developer Summit/Greenfield, which acquired the property from Reader's Digest in 2004, disclosed in an application that Chase bank and Starbucks are two proposed ancillary tenants.

Additionally, at a recent planning board meeting it was disclosed that a major fitness operator is being considered as a tenant for 40,000 square feet of space; as a result, the site plan was reconfigured to allow for a two-story structure instead of a one-story fitness building.

The retail project had been under review for more than two years by the town board. The two sides, which had been in litigation due to a dispute over how the town handled the rezoning review for a previous housing plan elsewhere on the site, reached a settlement in 2012 to allow for a retail-project review.

Meanwhile, Summit/Greenfield is proposing to construct 32 affordable-apartment units inside the historic cupola building on site and to have 91 market-rate townhouses on the eastern portion of the site. The developer currently has zoning approval for 111 units of townhouses and condos for the eastern portion, which the town board granted in 2011. The developer's application for the new plan is pending before the town board.

Farther down county, the former General Motors site in Sleepy Hollow is being considered for a major overhaul. The site hosted a plant that was closed in 1996 and was sold in December to a company called Lighthouse Landing Venture, LLC, Daily Voice previously reported.

A phased redevelopment of the site is currently being proposed; the project's name is called Edge-On-Hudson.

For the first phase, the developer has submitted an application for site-plan and subdivision approval to the planning board for 302 housing units, which is a mix of apartments, townhouses and condos. A public hearing is scheduled for next month, according to the village. The submission material for the project can be found here.

In New Rochelle, officials last October voted to retain a developer called RDRXR as part of an ambitious venture to overhaul part of its downtown, Daily Voice reported. A conceptual drawing for the proposal, which has been described as mixed-use and transit-oriented, is available here and shows several large downtown skyscrapers.

A public-outreach campaign was held in the spring to gather ideas, Daily Voice previously reported.

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