California company sees Cold Spring as opportunity
A dormant commercial building known as the Impellittiere garage at 37 Fair St., in the Village of Cold Spring, could become the site of a model modular home and sales office for the national building company Blu Homes.
The California-based company has submitted preliminary plans for a project to the Cold Spring building inspector who referred the matter to the Planning Board where it was briefly discussed at the board’s monthly meeting on Wednesday (Oct. 15). The company apparently believes the Hudson Valley is fertile territory for its product.
The plan would require the demolition of the existing structure, once a Ford automotive dealership, and the construction of as much as 40,000 square feet of space.
Planning Board members, who have not reviewed any plans, speculated the dimensions would likely shrink after the company had an opportunity to review the Cold Spring Zoning Code and meet with the board for a discussion of the possibilities.
Barney Molloy, board chairman, said the board would meet with the company at the board’s Nov. 5 meeting when the ongoing review of the Butterfield project will continue.
The Fair Street property is not within the local historic district, but one parcel over the line of designation. It is likely the project would need zoning variances involving the village Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA). Molloy said that would come after a site review by the Planning Board determined the acceptable dimensions of the project and then the ZBA would assess where the conflicts were with current zoning.
The Planning Board agreed to retain the services of Barton & Loguidice, consultant for the Butterfield project, to assist in evaluating the Blu Home plan.