2012-01-25 / Front Page

Village Board wants Special Board advice on development project

Special Board to fast-track Butterfield review
Douglas Cunningham

Village trustees this week directed the Cold Spring Special Board to prepare a report about the Butterfield project and potential community issues the project may raise.

Trustees discussed the matter during their regular meeting Tuesday evening at Village Hall. Trustees also approved an extensive letter of support for the project, which had been requested by the developer, Paul Guillaro.

The Butterfield project, at the former hospital site on Route 9D/Chestnut, would remake one of the last large development sites in the village. It is slated to include county government and municipal space, some of it shared by Cold Spring, Philipstown and Nelsonville for justice court; retail space, possibly including a new post office; and up to 87 senior apartments, both affordable and market rate.

Trustees said the Special Board already has the expertise and knowledge of the village to rapidly assess any issues involved with Butterfield. Much of the Special Board’s previous work has dealt with the comprehensive plan for the village, with particular focus on the waterfront, Dockside, and the Marathon and Village Garage properties.

Four members of the Special Board will compile the report: Anne Impellizzeri, Michael Reisman, Stephanie Hawkins and Anthony Phillips. Michael Armstrong, board chairman, told trustees the working group will have a draft report on Feb. 9 and a final document by Feb. 23.

Trustees agreed that the report would have more authority if the Village Board requested it, rather than the Special Board taking up the topic on its own. Trustee Ralph Falloon noted that he didn’t want to simply create another layer of review. He also queried, “What happens if the group comes up with a negative vibe about the project …?”

Armstrong said the aim is to surface any issues and address them rapidly. Mayor Seth Gallagher said, “This is a way to get comment, take a look at the project, and hopefully focus.”

Several references were made during the trustees’ discussion to the lumberyard project, which also was done by Guillaro’s company. While most agree the condominium project along the Hudson River, in its final form, is well-done and fits very well with the village, its early iterations sparked angst in some quarters of the village.

Gallagher stressed the aim of the new review was not to place a roadblock. “They’re going to take that input and then channel it,” the mayor said.

 

 

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