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Peekskill Officials to Back Downtown B&Bs

New law will expand the area bed and breakfasts can operate in the city, but restrict the number of guests and rooms they can have.

Bed and breakfasts are one step closer to becoming a reality in Peekskill’s downtow historic district.

Planning officials have signed off on a zoning amendment that would expand the area where bed and breakfasts are allowed. Currently, the facilities are only allowed in the city's waterfront district.

Anthony Ruggiero, the city’s director of planning, said the next step in the process will be for the Planning Commission to make a final recommendation that the Common Council can approve.

Ruggiero believes the ordinance change will provide visitors with a nice, closer alternative to the city’s downtown restaurants and galleries.

The proposed legislation would require that the owner of the bed and breakfast must reside in the structure and will be allowed to have anywhere between two to five guest rooms. The facilities would be limited to a maximum of 10 guests at any one time. Guests would not allowed to stay longer than two weeks.

Breakfast would be the only meal allowed to be served under the proposed law.

The current laws allows bed and breakfasts to have five to 15 rooms and as many as 20 guests at one time. Guests are allowed to stay in the facilities no more than 10 days in row and no longer than 30 days in any calendar year. The facilities are allowed to serve one or more meals to guests.

A copy of the planning departments can be found in the PDF attached to this story.

Patty Villanova October 20, 2012 at 12:43 PM
Jack- I certainly do remember those days, which is why I've been such a die-hard Peekskill fan pretty much my whole life. It's no accident that so many people, including myself, have tried to bring back the magic, at least in some small way, by opening a retail business and trying to make a go of it. On the surface, Peekskill looks to be just perfect- excellent Westchester location, plenty of good transportation, a beautiful waterfront, a downtown that blows away Beacon and Cold Spring and some wonderful caring people who live here.(excluding most of the politicos). When I opened my store on Brown St.- Hugo's was doing great business and the Paramount seemed to be getting better. I had hope and so I invested. Fast forward 7 years and now look where we're at - Brown St.'s biggest attractions- closed- and very few viable retailers left. If I seriously thought that I could have a successful retail business here, I would move back. But I don''t see it happening. Look at the current makeup of the "legal" resident DT population- starving artists and other indigents in subsidized housing. These people don't shop. The only business model that works is bars & eateries that support transient visitors with money in their pockets. The key to re-establishing retail in town has been laid out in the study that's posted on the city website. Too bad Mary & Co. haven't read it.
shakemdown October 21, 2012 at 03:34 AM
I say the Bobolia Flat Iron Building and stella the trolley will be the shuttle
shakemdown October 21, 2012 at 03:40 AM
I have a better idea, why don't MARY FOSTER and her crew re-zone their homes and make them B&B and that way when all the people from the METH. CLINIC get their METH. they can all come and hang out there.
David Shepherd October 21, 2012 at 04:22 AM
Less than 30% of Peekskill residents voted in the last 2 mayoral elections. Fosters actions are the price we all must pay for the apathy of the citizens.
S.Kuefner March 04, 2013 at 05:50 PM
I was 8 in 1955. We use to take a bus from Lake Peekskill to Peekskill every Saturday. It was so special. The shoe stores,ice cream and toy stores,clothing stores,supermarkets and the Paramont. Oh the Paramont,my first Disney movie. I was a NYC kid spending part of summer with grandma so I was very use to the amities cities offered but Peekskill was different. At that time everyone dressed in their best to walk Peekskill. There was the feeling of an Easter parade with hoards of families participating. All people want is a destination to share with their family,places to shop,to site and eat an ice cream cone, to eat a meal, to browse a book store,have a good meal or visit a history museum. I'm 66 years old now and bring my grandchildren to the clean,safe mid priced restaurants there. We eat and go to the riverfront(truly better than when I was a kid) and leave. Ever notice the river front is the only place you see a smile? Should have a sign at all the entrances.....Welcome to Peekskill, no retail,no family strolls incouraged and no smiling.

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