Yorktown Board lays down a welcome mat for boutique hotels

Yorktown City Council voted last week to amend the city’s zoning code to allow boutique hotels to be built in certain commercial corridors.

The early decision paves the way for two proposed boutique-style hotels to move forward in the planning process in the newly created Yorktown Heights overlay district through a Special Use Permit.

“It’s important that Yorktown consider new uses for outdated properties,” Councilman Tom Diana said.

At a public hearing in August, most public comment focused on a three-story hotel called Hotel Gardena, which, if approved, would be built on approximately a third of an acre of land on the corner of Veterans Road and Commerce Street, adjacent to the Albert A. Capellini Community and Cultural Center where a real estate office has been located for years.

Plans for the project, which first surfaced in late 2020, call for a 16-room hotel, with eight rooms, including four suites, on the second and third floors ranging from 340 square feet to just over 500 square feet. The first floor would include a lobby, lounge and cafe, which would provide outdoor seating along Veterans Rd.

Additionally, plans call for a rooftop bar and grill that would allow for indoor and outdoor seating. Legal counsel for the project is former Yorktown supervisor Michael Grace.

“This is not a final approval for the hotel. This is a textual change in our code to provide the parameters by which these requests can be reviewed and processed by our planning committee,” the supervisor said. Matt Slater “This app, like any other in the overlay district, will receive the same level of review in accordance with state and local laws.”

A regional hostel is also offered as part of the Underhill Farm project on Underhill Ave.

According to the new zoning code language, a boutique hotel is defined as a small luxury hotel that has no more than 25 rooms and offers an enhanced level of services with unique accommodations.

“Our small business owners need more customers in our Hamlets. These new rules for boutique hotels are a way to diversify the types of businesses in our commercial areas,” said Councilman Sergio Esposito.

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