Brewster Inn tentative expansion plans presented at latest Western Gateway public hearing

Signs like these opposing the proposed Western Gateway zone change have sprung up on Ledyard Avenue.

Signs like these opposing the proposed Western Gateway zone change have sprung up on Ledyard Avenue. Photo by Jason Emerson.

— At the second public hearing in seven days concerning the village’s proposed rezoning of Ledyard Avenue into a “Western Gateway” development district, Brewster Inn owner Richard Hubbard offered some new information into the discussion by having his architect present a brief slideshow of the tentative Brewster Inn expansion plans. Hubbard’s plan is to purchase the houses at 8 and 10 Ledyard Ave. — formerly a single-property house and carriage barn — directly next door to the Brewster Inn at 6 Ledyard Ave., and create a new Brewster Inn overnight wedding and dining venue.

Some of the Western Gateway project opponents have stated that they see no reason for the proposed zone change to occur, and see the entire proposal as one created mainly to benefit Hubbard’s expansion plans, to the detriment of the rest of the neighborhood.

“I think this [presentation] might provide a context for all of us,” Mayor Kurt Wheeler said at the July 7 public hearing.

The proposed law, publicly introduced in June, would establish a new “Western Gateway” zoning district and change the zoning of certain land parcels on both sides of Ledyard Avenue from Route 13/Lakeland Park to the western village boundary by the Trush property. The intention is to emphasize new and more potential uses for the large old homes on Ledyard Avenue as a way to prevent deterioration of those properties, to maximize land use by allowing more commercial development and to help beautify the village entranceway area overall.

Hubbard’s idea to purchase the adjacent houses and create a new overnight wedding and dining venue began after the village began its consideration of the proposed Western Gateway district, but once he heard about the project he approached the mayor to get a general idea of how it might relate to the village’s zoning before he proceeded with it formally, Wheeler said.

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