2012-02-08 / Civics and Politics

Village Hires Planning Consultant for Butterfield

Construction later this year?
Tim Greco

It was a 'full house' last week at Cold Spring Village Hall when the Village Board and Planning Board met jointly to discuss the Butterfield project.ANNIE CHESNUTIt was a 'full house' last week at Cold Spring Village Hall when the Village Board and Planning Board met jointly to discuss the Butterfield project.ANNIE CHESNUTIn a joint meeting on Tuesday night, the Village Board and Planning Board reviewed hiring the GreenPlan consulting firm to study the Butterfield project and its impact on the village.

Village Trustees later agreed to hire the firm, a move supported by a majority of the Planning Boad, as well, though some members questioned the need.

The decision followed a presentation by Ted Fink, president of GreenPlan, who has done extensive work in Cold Spring regarding the waterfront and other key sites.

Meanwhile, the Cold Spring Special Boad is continuting to review the Butterfield project as well. It would be a mixed-use development, with municipal government space, retail (possibly including the Post Office, whose own expansion plans are mired in a discussion about the future of the Foodtown Plaza nearby), and senior housing. The vacant and deteriorated Butterfield hospital would be razed.

The developer, Paul Guillaro, and his lawyer presented an ambitious schedule of hoped-for approvals. If met, construction could be underway later this summer. Butterfield is one of the last big development sites within the village.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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