2012-10-10 / Front Page

Hearing Set on Butterfield Demolition

Nov. 7 could decide issue
Tim Greco

The Historic District Review Board has called for a hearing next month on whether the old Butterfield hospital can be demolished by developer Paul Guillaro.

The decision came out of the Oct 10 meeting of the Historic Board. On the top of their agenda, not surprisingly, was the Butterfield Project.

Butterfield Project Manager Matt Moran of Butterfield Realty LLC made a brief appearance before the board to present an application for a certificate of appropriateness, one that would allow developer Guillaro to demolish the run-down Butterfield Hospital, to make room for much needed municipal and retail space. If approved, the site would see mixed uses, including senior housing.

In past workshop meetings, Guillaro tried to hammer out a deal with the Historic Board, even agreeing to refurbish the original 1925 building, but to no avail as members Kathleen Foley and Chair Al Zgolinski hunkered down and would not relent on demolishing the 1941 addition. Member Carolyn Bachan could not give an opinion either way.

Guillaro is now rescinding his previous offer to compromise with the board to restore the original hospital and is now seeking a total demolition of the entire hospital, something he has wanted to do from the inception.

Perhaps surprisingly the board set the hearing, for Nov. 7. The board could have denied the application outright and allowed Guillaro to file for a certificate of hardship, where he could prove that not demolishing the site would be a financial loss to him.

As to what will happen after that, it is anyone’s guess. Member Marie Early asked about what will happen to the two shed buildings on the side, Moran observed they would be demolished as well. She also inquired about the grade of the land, but Zgolinski thought that it was too premature to discuss that at this point.

Moran’s appearance before the board was a quick one, as it only took about ten minutes, a record for anything having to do with Butterfield in the Village.

In the shoe-on-the-other-foot scenario, Planning Board Chair Joe Barbaro had an application before the Historic Board to expand his kitchen at 14 Morris Avenue in Cold Spring. The board reviewed his drawings and commented on various aspects of the project. Barbaro said the addition was on the back of the house and could not been seen from the street, Bachan piped up and said, “Yes it can, you can see it from the library, you can see it from Fishkill Avenue, you can see it from Craigside.”

Barbaro observed that, “You cannot see it from the library.”

Bachan replied that it could be seen from the street. “You can see it from Craigside, I was there today.” Barbaro said, “Ok I take it back you can see it from Craigside.”

The Board continued to hash out details and offered their suggestions. Barbaro will appear before the board at a future date.


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