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.