Special Board passes report on Butterfield to village
The Comprehensive Board met with GreenPlan adviser Michele Greig Thursday night to meticulously go over changes and revisions ahead of finalizing their Butterfield report.
It was one more session in what is becoming a crescendo of meetings over the Butterfield project, an endeavor by developer Paul Guillaro that would combine space for retail, municipal government activities and senior citizen apartments. All would be built on the site of the former Butterfield Hospital on Chestnut/Route 9D, one of the last large development sites in the village.
Thursday’s meeting was sparsely attended and went on for more than two hours. The next joint meeting is on Tuesday February 28, at the Village Hall, where the plan will be reviewed. Last week, the Planning Board also met, on Tuesday, to review Butterfield.
Greig, an adviser from GreenPlan, suggested several changes to the Special Board on their final draft.
The majority of the meeting was spent on changes to the wording of the report, especially on the matters of parking and the height of the proposed structures as well as “walkability,” design, streetscape, and saving trees and the grove.
The importance of the trees and lawn being preserved was also addressed. Greig said, “Butterfield site serves a significant purpose as a gateway to the Village." The board agreed that in the plan, the copper beech tree among others will be preserved.
The issues over the municipal, retail and residential aspects of the Butterfield site were all rehashed and discussed in detail.
It is not yet known when the various village boards, including the Village Board of Trustees and the Planning Board, will conclude their review of the Butterfield site and when construction might begin.