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Butterfield Development Project Moves Forward

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The Butterfield Development project inched forward at Tuesday night’s Village of Cold Spring board meeting with concerns from neighboring homeowners being the focus upon which much of the discussion revolved.

Most of the meeting was spent reviewing the definitions of the zoning codes within a proposed amendment to the Village code covering “Regulations For B-4 Designated Medical and Health Care Facility District,” specifically creating a sub-district that would permit “senior citizen housing, municipal and other governmental uses, retail stores, business and professional offices, and mixed uses consisting of two or more permitted uses.”

The definitions were explained by attorney Steve Gaba, with the designer and attorney representing the developer on hand answering questions. Also on hand were homeowners who live across Paulding Avenue from the site. Though they are tired of living across from an unused medical center, they are concerned with what will replace it as well as what changes in the zoning laws might allow, either by the current owner who is looking to develop the site or by anyone in the future.

Namely, as homeowner John Cronin put it, “They don’t want to wake up one morning to find themselves living across from a pizza parlor.” The developer’s representatives assured them that would not be the case, especially as restaurants are not allowed or planned at the site. Residential homes are planned along Paulding Avenue. If they are not built, a 75-foot set-back from the street is ensured.

No changes in the zoning were voted on at the meeting; however the type of establishments that are possibilities for the site were discussed with no board member voicing any objections, though there might be a question as to whether banks will be allowed drive-thrus.

After the discussion of the Butterfield site the homeowners discussed the site unofficially with the representatives of the developers.

By Larry Miles

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