Richard Gere is said to be on course for a win with his controversial plan to erect a cellphone tower on his luxury inn.
The 73-year-old ‘American Gigolo’ actor has sparked outrage among his rich and famous neighbors with his proposal for the 130-foot-tall flagpole on the 14 acres of land where his luxurious Bedford Post Inn stands in Bedford, in Westchester County, New York. .
Although the prominent residents of the famous hotspot town are “furious” it would be an eyesore, the New York Post reported that the plan “appears to be on the verge of approval” after the City Council meeting in Bedford on Monday. (19.12.22)
Richard co-owns the eight-bedroom Bedford Post, which opened 15 years ago with property developer Russell Hernandez, and charges more than $1,000 a night for its best rooms.
Bedford Town Supervisor Ellen Calves asked the couple in June if they would lease their land for a cellphone tower to fill coverage gaps for area mobile users.
Ellen admitted to the New York Post about the plan “many members of the public were pleading with the city council to find a less intrusive alternative,” but she justified the request by adding, “Since the Post Inn property is commercial, and In the city code commercial property is considered “less intrusive” than residential sites, I was looking… to see if they would consider this.
The proposal was not fully endorsed at Monday’s meeting, but Ellen warned that even the wealth and power of local residents might not be enough to stop it moving forward.
She added to the Post: “Just because people with money and power threaten legal action doesn’t mean they get more deference than anyone else.
“We have to make the right decision for the whole city. It is a matter of public safety and quality of life.
Stars living in Bedford and its surrounding towns include Martha Stewart, Ralph Lauren, Matt Damon, Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively.
It’s unclear where they stand on the cell tower proposal.
But two of the influential and renowned residents opposed to his erection are the parents of actresses Kate and Rooney Mara – Kathleen Rooney Mara, whose family owns the Pittsburgh Steelers, and her husband Chris Mara, the son of the former owner of the Pittsburgh Giants. New York, WellingtonMara. and grandson of Giants founder Tim Mara.
The couple have lived in Bedford for nearly 40 years, and Kathleen argued in an email to the town’s planning council in November: “In the winter I have a great view. And I look forward to it every year.
“Now I will look at an ugly tower that will soon be obsolete if the location is approved.”
She added of the proposal, “I don’t understand why they would want to have it there. Isn’t that how everyone is? Like, not in my backyard or anything, you know?