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Gere's Bedford Post Inn Moves to Expand Parking Lot

The Bedford Planning board was asked by Richard Gere's Bedford Post Inn to approve a hike in spaces from 41 to 72 and is holding a public hearing tonight.

Asking to almost double its parking capacity, the Bedford Post Inn will spell out details of the proposal at a public hearing tonight.

The town planning board will conduct the hearing in connection with an application to increase Bedford Post’s gravel-lot parking spaces from 41 to 72. The capacity hike, which requires a special-use permit, was requested by the consulting engineers Bibbo Associates LLP of Somers on behalf of the property's owners, Squirrelly Acres LLC.

Richard Gere, the actor, and his wife, Carey Lowell, joined with friends to buy and rehab the rambling, rundown inn and its 14 acres of property in 2007.Today, the refurbished Bedford Post Inn, at 954 Old Post Road, comprises an eight-room luxury inn, two pricey, popular restaurants—The Barn for a casual meal and The Farmhouse for fine dining—and a yoga studio.

The proposed expansion, described by Bibbo’s Edwatd J. Delaney Jr. as an “overflow parking lot,” was presented to the town Wetlands Control Commission in June. That panel took no action, pending the planning board review. But Chairman Andrew Messigner expressed concern that 65 trees would have to fall, potentially increasing the flow of water to the wetlands, to create the additional parking spaces.

Also on tonight's agenda is a review of the board's field trip to the site of developer Merv Blank's proposed subdivision on McLain Street in Bedford Corners.

The full agenda is posted here.

Ruthie November 16, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Let's be honest, we're talking about a small percentage of wealthy residents who utilize the horse trails. Why should local businesses be forced to accommodate a small, elite group of individuals who *might* travel by horse when they *can* accommodate those who come by car? These hitching posts will limit the number of parking spaces. I can't recall the last time I was held up in horse traffic. I would love to know what local communities require hitching posts for restaurants.
Don Pachner November 16, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Ruthie, If you are still interested in enlightenment, try this NY Magazine piece by Beth Landman that includes an interview with Richard Gere. I am sorry to dissapoint you with this quotation: "While the Bedford Post may be just 45 minutes north of the city, they have built it primarily for the horsey neighbors. “Everyone is welcome, but it’s really for locals,” he says" http://nymag.com/news/intelligencer/encounter/54689/ AND You can read and interview on CNN where he states ""I thought this could be the center of this village ... (a) place where people could come and discuss the world and how we can affect it in a positive way," he added." If this restaurant is designed to bring the community together, I see no reason that it should not provide bicycle amenities or help promote or maintain a pedestrian/bicycle path from town. See http://www.cnn.com/2012/04/17/showbiz/richard-gere-hotel-bedford-post/index.html
Elizabeth R Baecher November 16, 2012 at 09:38 PM
The need for increased parking suggests business is brisk and the food is good. This establishment is undoubtedly an asset to the community. This plan should not be tied in with the murder of hundreds of trees to accomodate horses. While huge fines do not appear to concern that family, one can only hope that it becomes increasingly aware of the importance to conserve wetlands and the wildlife living therein.
Ruthie November 17, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Interesting point, Elizabeth. The point is that business is booming and increased parking (for cars) is what's needed. I'm sure it sounded lovely, in theory, to open up a restaurant for the "horsey neighbors" (maybe Richard Gere was referring to locals with big teeth.) Anyway, he (or his partners) don't seem to be discouraging the widespread appeal. I think Mr. Gere has figured out since his statement regarding "horsey neighbors" (almost 4 years ago) that his restaurant couldn't survive on "horsey" business alone. And, Don, I suppose your last response indicates that, no, it isn't ok that I disagree with you. Why? I think you need to continue cycling to increase endorphin release. Perhaps then you would be at peace with people having opposing views.
Elizabeth R Baecher November 17, 2012 at 07:15 PM
The horsey neighbors form only one part of the community. This article is tempting me to investigate the restaurant, and I am anything but horsey. Neither are the family and/or friends I might bring!

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