Years-long application process to rezone 46 acres for inn and spa is off the table in South Bristol
The proposed Everwilde Inn & Spa project is off the table. The South Bristol town supervisor and Town Board on Monday received notice the application is withdrawn.
Todd and Laura Cook bought 46 vacant acres on Seneca Point Road in 2015, with plans to develop an inn and spa that required the town to rezone the property from residential to a Planned Development. After years of controversy and work on the part of the town, developers and others involved, the application process was winding down with the possibility of a final public hearing and vote just months away.
Town Supervisor Dan Marshall said Monday he was surprised. “I accept their decision,” he said.
The decision to abandon Everwilde comes less than a month after the Cooks announced the closing of Bristol Harbour Resort to the public. The Cooks purchased Bristol Harbour in 2016, which is across Seneca Point Road from the proposed Everwilde site.
The content of the letter is below:
June 8, 2020
VIA FEDERAL EXPRESS AND EMAIL
Town of South Bristol
6500 Gannett Hill Road West
Naples, New York 14512
RE: Everwilde Inn & Spa — Rezoning Application Withdrawal
Dear Supervisor Marshall and Members of the Town Board:
On behalf of the Applicant and its principals Todd and Laura Cook, we hereby withdraw the pending application for a rezoning and related approvals in connection with the Everwilde Inn & Spa Project.
As detailed over the past six years that the application has been pending before the Town, the Cooks’ vision of the Everwilde project was a destination inn, spa, and banquet facility nestled into the existing landscape with a state-of-the-art green roof and other environmentally sensitive features, providing a beautiful and serene retreat for special events and daytrips alike, with lakefront access and amenities allowing patrons of all abilities the option to enjoy the views and recreational opportunities that Canandaigua Lake has to offer, all while permanently preserving as undisturbed land more than 20 acres of the approximately 45 acre property.
However, it has been made increasingly apparent, both by Town officials and members of the community, that the Town does not support the Everwilde vision. Therefore, the Cooks no longer deem it a wise use of time, effort, and resources to continue pursuing a commercial endeavor in a community where commercial enterprise is seemingly not welcomed or valued. Accordingly, the Cooks instead intend to move forward with an alternative private development of the subject property, and will no longer be placing development restrictions on any portion of the land.
Please immediately discontinue any work with Labella Associates in connection with the Everwilde Inn & Spa Project, have the final LaBella invoice for the Project delivered to the Cooks, and refund to the Cooks any excess funds held in the escrow account for the Project after final payment to LaBella.
Ashley E. Champion
Nixon Peabody Attorneys at Law LLP