Rhinebeck spa plan withdrawn

RHINEBECK — A controversial plan to build an 80 -room hotel and spa in the Village of Rhinebeck has been withdrawn from the planning board.

Gary Dower, one of the owners of the Mirbeau Inn and Spa, wrote in a letter the he was withdrawing his application for the facility.

The village planning board received the letter Monday.

“We are pleased to advise you that we have identified several locations in the Hudson Valley Area that we feel are better suited to our needs and where our project can fit well into the overall planning goals of the community,” Dower wrote.

The spa would have been located at the intersection of routes 308 and 9.

The Rhinebeck site would have been larger than the 48-room retreat Mirbeau has in Skaneateles, Onondaga County.

Opponents of the plan believed it was too large in scope. With about 180 parking spaces, 90 of which would have been in an underground parking level, some believe the building would have had a disastrous effect on local traffic.

The Mirbeau plan was on the agenda for Tuesday’s village planning board meeting. Spa officials said Monday that they were not attending Tuesday’s meeting.