While some people miss having a supermarket in the downtown area, a supermarket at the Chappaqua Crossing location is the wrong direction for the town and should not be allowed by the Town Board.
1. Rezoning the area to allow a large grocery establishment would set a terrible precedent. If the area is rezoned for a supermarket, and the supermarket decided not to go in, or subsequently failed, the opportunity for any type of commercial retail establishment would exist. Transforming a beautiful property into a retail strip mall would forever ruin the beauty of the town.
2. Traffic patterns and the nature of the traffic would be a DANGEROUS negative-- trucks and deliveries at all hours would also change the nature of the predominantly residential area and make an already burdened traffic situation worse. The intersection is a dangerous one, and the change in traffic pattern would worsen the already troublesome traffic safety concerns for residents and those driving to and from Horace Greeley.
3. A&P is already close by, as is Mrs. Green's, Stop & Shop, and other large retailers like Target. Data indicates that our town does not have the capacity to support another large chain market.
4 Other retailers, such as our local Village Market, have stepped up and opened on the weekend -- lets give our existing local businesses a chance to meet our needs.
A Town Board meeting on this issue has been scheduled for September 24th. Let's show the Board and Susan Carpenter that re-zoning Chappaqua Crossing is a reactionary and poorly reasoned idea!