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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.

Peekskill Officials to Back Downtown B&Bs

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.

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