A recommendation of the Comprehensive Plan has been overlooked in the planning for the Butterfield site: “Encourage an increase in the number of overnight accommodations” (4.2.4). This was clearly identified during the planning process as a need in the village.
Benefits of having an inn are to support existing restaurants and shops, provide jobs in the village, serve family and friends of residents, and generate tax revenue to offset residents’ property taxes.
One possibility for an inn would be the location of the original hospital, either byadaptive re-use of the existing building or building a new one on or near that location. The photograph of the original hospital in the PCNR (April 18, p. 12) gives an idea of how an inn might look.
Now that planning for Butterfield is in the hands of the Village Board and the Planning Board, I hope they will remedy this oversight and include an inn as a highly desirable use for the site.
Anne E. Impellizzeri