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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 18, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Another loony idea from the folks that brought you the exclusionary zoning that prohibits anyone except starving artists and other indigents from living/working in Downtown Peekskill. Once again, I urge the Powers that Be to read their own retail retention study that they commissioned and paid for. Having had a business there, I can't think of one location that would be suitable for a B&B as described in the law other than the single & multi-family homes that are outside the downtown area. After the Paramount debacle, haven't these politicians learned their lesson? What do any of them know about running a hospitality business, let alone a successful one? The hubris of these people never ceases to amaze me. It once again proves my point that genuine retail business (not phony hair salons & dollar stores that are fronts for other activities) is the last thing Foster & Co. want to see in downtown Peekskill.
sayitsnotsojack October 18, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Great and after the B&B closes all the Methadone heads can use it for a drug addiction half way house which will file for non profit status and pay no taxes.
Leslie Lawler October 18, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Glorified boarding houses. It's Peekskill, not Vermont, Mary.
Liz Claire October 18, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Too keep it historical, perhaps the Council can create an annual honor, The Charlie Mom Memorial Boarding House Award, to draw attention to one of the most persistent and longstanding "Bed and Breakfasts" in the Downtown.
leesther brown October 18, 2012 at 02:31 PM
These folks are trying to "fundamentally" change the demographics....
Collegenurse October 18, 2012 at 04:50 PM
B&B's!! What the heck for????? What we need in downtown Peekskill are retail that folks will come to: A Whole Foods, upscale clothing, shoe stores....we have enough restaurants and bodegas...there are plenty of people who will frequent these stores...now you have to travel to WP, or Yonkers....I never go downtown except to eat and have lived here for 12 years...Come On!!
Ded Yorick October 18, 2012 at 05:28 PM
I'll be opening a B&B: DED YORICK’S B&B (or possibly just YORICK’S – depends if people get put off by the DED part) "Come to Ded Yorick’s exclusive upscale B&B and get BOTH a bed and breakfast!" Area Attractions Include: Bear Mountain Zoo Vintage Postcard Mural (near Gazebo) Orange Dutch Cheese House at Riverfront Big Mine Artwork at Riverfront Weekend soccer games in the local parks Hudson River Paramount Center For The Arts (currently closed) Coming 2012: Tattoo Gallery and Meth Clinic! …AND MUCH MORE! For beer, wine, spirits and other products, we can direct you to local sellers. MAKE DED YORICK'S YOUR HOME AWAY FROM HOME
ED HICKEY October 18, 2012 at 05:30 PM
I make a concerted effort to remain as positive as possible and also to keep hope alive; with that said, sadly, I am struggling with both watching and listening to the decisions made by the powers to be for the city of Peekskill. In a vacuum, and many moons ago, this initiative would/should have been a fabulous one as our city is undeniably rich in history and beauty. Most importantly, the city also had a stable economy and was a pleasant community. Who in their right mind would choose a BnB in Peekskill right now???? As mentioned above, retail has all but disappeared, our historied and still beautiful Paramount Theatre lays dormant, we are on the verge of opening our 3rd location to attract methadone addicts, and our most recent budget proposal calls for the slashing of police officer positions making our department thr smallest it has been in 25 years! Her to see the parks?? Sorry, we eliminated that department .... are all fire codes followed by the B&B you have chosen? Because we needed to cut back on paid firemen. Forgive my negativity, but slowly even I am becoming completely disenchanted and feel hopeless that my and your beloved Peekskill will reach that point of no return. Every upstanding community member and homeowner is desperately changing their long term plans to leave the city. But as was articulated clearly by anotber commentator recently, the consequences of consecutive administrations' actions and the greed of "friends of" rendered today's chaos.
leesther brown October 18, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Yes indeed.....#tohellinahandbasket...
joshua tanner October 18, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Peekskill has become a big bar/pub city. Its a lot like a college town in that people can easily walk to quite a few places to drink and eat. The pubs and restaurants are also more refined and not the typical gin mill you would normally find in Peekskill. Throw in the coffee houses with music at night and you see Peekskill has become a nightlife city of some distinction. People like going to an area where they can easily move to another place if their first location turns unsatisfactory. With many young people coming into town to drink and bar hop the driving issue becomes more important. For this reason I could see people wanting to have a place close to town where they can "crash". I would not be surprised if some of the pub owners had already discussed the idea of B&Bs and pensione type places. Indeed I can't see the typical B&B crowd being attracted to downtown Peekskill with the noise, traffic and other characteristics of an urban milieu etc. I can see a pub and nightlife crowd liking accommodations downtown though. On the flip side of healthy nightlife is that Peekskill will be like an old Navy town where sailors got drunk and tattooed. Trouble in River City lol http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qam1fbQmA_s
Wendy Kelly October 18, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Ed Hickey I am plotting my next move out of Peekskill, 26 years I have given to the city. I was a part of the RENAISSANCE in Peekskill circa 1986, I am outta this terribly depressed city it has nothingto offer me anymore. Thanks for all your hard work Mary Foster & Council Members you should be very proud of what you have done to this city. Forgive your negativity Ed it is right on the money.
Wendy Kelly October 18, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Peekskill is a far cry from Cape May, NJ folks. Don't see the attraction what so ever! You have beautiful Cold Spring for B&B's now that is where I would go not Peekskill.
Bzkat14 October 18, 2012 at 06:50 PM
I moved here almost 8 yrs ago and saw great potential for our waterfront .. What happened it went to the business part of the city instead.. Where I do understand our mayor owns properties... When will something actually be done for the good of ALL Peekskill residents.. Loosing our Paramount is a disgrace .. The powers that be should be ashamed.. I have nothing but I donated... Come on I just don't get it.. We are becoming another Yonkers!
Ray Adamick October 18, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Hmmm, as much as I like the idea of B&B's, it's still a crazy idea for the Downtown!
Anabasis Bob October 18, 2012 at 07:22 PM
"On the flip side of healthy nightlife is that Peekskill will be like an old Navy town where sailors got drunk and tattooed" Yep, something out of those 1940s/50s movies. Like the docks in Hoboken. How soon before Peekskill legalizes houses of prostitution? It's a helluva scene. Can't be beat. Some fat drunken 50-year old navy guy sporting 6 "MOM and 1 "Born to Raise Hell" tattoos stumbling down Division Street at 2 AM belting out "It's a Long Way to Tipperary" and passing out in the gutter before he reaches the B&B. Helluva scene, I say.
notsurprisedonebit October 18, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Maybe we can put a B&B on Main St. next to the new "Peekskill Marketplace" that will remain empty like the 3 stores across from City Hall. What a joke. Even the illegals have stopped opening stores on Main St. I am born and raised here and am becoming embarassed by what my home is becoming!! All you yuppies that just moved here in the last 5 years and think Mary is doing a great job need to wake up!! She needs to go NOW!!
sayitsnotsojack October 19, 2012 at 01:49 AM
Remember the Peekskill of the late 50's and early 60's, the streets were alive with shoppers going from one retail store to the next. People would be three and four across on the side walks. Now you are lucky if you see three or four at times downtown. It all started with the first wave of subsidized housing and continues.
the scorpion October 19, 2012 at 02:15 AM
maybe we can bring back the ice skating up in the depew park like we used to have back in the day. Maybe we should start holiday cheers; such as singing holiday songs and have refreshments to go with it, right in the heart of Peekskill.
George in NY October 19, 2012 at 12:28 PM
This is a joke article right? Come on let me in on it. B&B's are only currently allowed in the waterfront district? And home many are there I am curious to know my search didn't locate any but surely they must be if we need expansion. I have friends coming in from Dallas Texas, will the B&B downtown be ready ya think? I am sure they would love to stay downtown and hub nob with the history lovers flocking there. I would also hope that the powers that be consider a Ritz Carlton across from the Methadone clinic in case they prefer a more hotel like accommodation but wish to maintain the same ambiance of downtown.
George in NY October 19, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Please excuse the misspelling etc in my previous post and my lack of editing. It was just that I was laughing so hard my fingers hit a few wrong keys.
Ded Yorick October 19, 2012 at 01:09 PM
George, I hope to have DED YORICK'S B&B open by Christmas. We had hoped to be open for Thanksgiving but we encountered some unexpected zoning problems (you know difficult those zoning people can be!). We will be having complimentary egg nog throughout December and will be having nightly guided (and armed) walks throughout our town (special stops: gazebo and police station). We had planned to sponsor a special holiday screening of a classic Christmas movie at the Paramount but there seem to be some current difficulties with that. We at DED YORICK'S look forward to serving all the holiday travelers who pass through our parts. P.S. If we are not open by the time your friends arrive, we can arrange for them to stay at the methadone clinic, with whom we have an exclusive boarding arrangement. -- The Management
leesther brown October 19, 2012 at 02:41 PM
I'm running a contest the person(s) that can identify the location of the B&B from the three listed below will win a Home Cooked Soul Food Dinner For 4 w/dessert and Kool-Aid in (ball) Jars.... (1) The Bobolia Flat Iron Building (2)The BeanRunner(younameittheydoingit) Cafe' (3) The New Hugos There will be a whole Coconut Cake(fromscratch) to the person who can identify what mode of transportation will be contracted to shuttle the guest of the B&B to the various Bars and Restaurants.......Please enter below along with your comment..
Yarbol Steve October 19, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Tough choice. I'll vote for (3) The New Hugos. Transportation will be that purple trolley thing or a donkey.
sayitsnotsojack October 19, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Why not turn the Paramount into a B&B? There is walking to coffee shops, and just around the corner is the New York state office building but most appealing is having a dollar store on every corner.
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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