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Oct 15, 2014 11:56 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Town Board To Discuss Revised Canoe Place Inn Proposal On Thursday

Oct 16, 2014 9:54 AM

After postponing judgment on the revised redevelopment plan for the former Canoe Place Inn and Tide Runners properties in Hampton Bays, the Southampton Town Board will discuss the modified proposal, which calls for three fewer townhouses, at its work session on Thursday, October 16.

Earlier this month, cousins Gregg and Mitchell Rechler, the developers behind the Canoe Place Inn Maritime Planned Development District, or MPDD, submitted a final environmental impact statement, outlining the size and scope of the project to refurbish the inn and bring townhouses to the eastern side of the Shinnecock Canal. Town planning officials declined to release a copy of the document on Tuesday, stating that the board must adopt it first.

The Town Board was poised to accept the statement during its meeting on Tuesday afternoon but ultimately tabled the resolution to further discuss the changes and craft a response. The work session, at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Town Board meeting room at Southampton Town Hall, will focus on the impact statement prior to determining its completeness.

In preparing the final environmental impact statement, the Rechlers were tasked with addressing concerns of town officials and residents that the original 40-townhouse, 88,000-square-foot proposal for the canalside property was too dense a use for the 4.5-acre property.

After Tuesday’s meeting, Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst said the Rechlers reduced the number of townhouses they were seeking to build to 37, but officials on both sides are refusing to divulge further details about the revised plan.

“That is what they have submitted,” Ms. Throne-Holst said. “That doesn’t mean we have to approve it. We can say, No, that’s not good enough. But we have to accept [the final environmental impact statement] before the horse trading can begin.”

Jim Morgo, a spokesman for the Rechlers, said last Thursday, October 9, that there have been seven areas of change in the new proposal, although he declined to specify what any of them were. “I’m very confident that the community is going to really realize it’s much improved,” said Mr. Morgo, who, at the time, also declined to say how many townhouses the developers were now looking to construct. “That’s too specific for me right now,” he said last week.

In February 2012, the Rechlers submitted a plan to the Town Board calling for the creation of a planned development district on the Canoe Place Inn property, which would house a renovated inn with 20 rooms, a catering hall that can accommodate up to 350 people, and a restaurant that can serve up to 90 people. The plan also calls for the construction of townhouses on the east side of the canal, while a third property, located farther to the east, would be home to a proposed wastewater treatment facility for the residential units.

This proposal came after the Rechlers initially footed a plan to level the inn and build condos in its place, but faced substantial pushback from several community groups that wanted to preserve the 90-year-old building, which has most recently been utilized as a nightclub.

After the second of two public hearings was closed this past February, the Rechlers submitted revisions in May before being sent back to the drawing board again in July, according to Mr. Morgo.

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I think they should keep postponing the project. This way the blight and ugliness of the area will continue.
(just kidding of course) Get something done. What is there now is a complete eyesore.
By The Real World (368), southampton on Oct 15, 14 12:40 PM
Adopt the document, then turn down any plan that eliminates any Resort Waterfront Business zoning. The master plan recognizes the importance of RWB business to the economic and recreational viability of the community. There is no reason for zoning changes being granted.
By VOS (1241), WHB on Oct 15, 14 1:18 PM
No "horse trading" needed Anna! It's called " Build As Of Right" I agree with VOS. Keep what the master plan calls for.
By pcone (28), hampton bays on Oct 15, 14 2:22 PM
Who are you talking about? No one has sued. Perhaps they should so the Town Board gets there act together. Enough already.
By bb (922), Hampton Bays on Oct 15, 14 4:56 PM
Work sessions aren't "hearings."
By PQ1 (167), hampton bays on Oct 15, 14 10:48 PM
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Clearly the comments previous to mine are not from those who live near the proposed development that is yet another suburban blight (faux architectural style typical of these developers) even worse traffic jams off season too (remember two weeks ago traffic on montauk highway backed up west beyond Hampton Bays Diner to further east then the Southampton Diner) with no public access to the canal on the south east side. The sole intelligent plan is for these lands to be acquired by the CPF for public ...more
By blue moon (7), Southampton on Oct 16, 14 9:25 AM
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While I agree with some of your points - I don't believe that "open space" acquisition is a solution (or viable). First off, you would need the Rechler's to be on board, and to be willing to sell at what the Town has the land appraised for - they would likely take a bath on such a deal. Secondly, access to the water in HB is everywhere and there are public spaces across the canal on the west side (town park) and fishing access (along the roadway) and a town and county beach on the west and east ...more
By Nature (2966), Southampton on Oct 16, 14 11:00 AM
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How did they take a risk? They bought commercial property that was for sale. If anyone took a risk it would seem to be those who bought property bordered by commercial property and thought it would never be built on
By bb (922), Hampton Bays on Oct 16, 14 10:00 AM
The town is garbage "hampton bays".. here is an idea why dont we open up another hispanic deli bakery or restaurant... how the hell do these people get what they want.. and the rechler company who is trying to make things better can not get a permit for anything... open your eyes hampton bays needs help
By bigblue84 (89), Hampton Bays on Oct 16, 14 10:21 AM
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Whether or not one supports the project, a fair minded person has got to wonder what takes the town so long to make a decision. No one wants these things rushed, but who in their right mind would want to do anything in SHT...especially HB. It is ridiculous.
By bb (922), Hampton Bays on Oct 16, 14 10:37 AM
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Hampton Bays is in no position to resist this project, and I think the majority want this project. It is the same people who say no to everything that are trying to squash the Rechlers projects.
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Oct 16, 14 10:50 AM
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Clearly you dont know the neighborhood; Rechlers took a risk buying property - in a residential neighborhood - asking for a zoning change to build their project.
By blue moon (7), Southampton on Oct 16, 14 10:52 AM
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Sorry bluemoon, I clearly do know the neighborhood. If you purchased property in that area thinking the pieces fronting on Montauk Hwy. are residential, you didn't do your homework. There is no request for residential property to be made into commercial. The property is going to be built on, regardless of whether or not the MPDD is passed. These lots are build-able as of right...no zone change...no special permission. The Rechlers did not take a risk. They bought property to build on and they ...more
By bb (922), Hampton Bays on Oct 16, 14 3:20 PM
Queen Ana now wants to get her real estate license, so she can profit from this project. She can also make deals with CPF, I thought being Town Supervisor was a full time job. I want to be supervisor just like Anna, steal from the poor and mingle with the rich.
By lennybrand (4), hampton bays on Oct 16, 14 11:21 AM
Interesting. How is Anna profiting?
Is there a fact that you are basing this on?
By bb (922), Hampton Bays on Oct 16, 14 2:01 PM
Anna profits from influence peddling with developers who are some of her big campaign contributors, from people such as the Rechlers and Robert Morrow who once gave a $4500 campaign contribution a month after she first won the supervisor's position. Some campaign contribution.

That's why she is very insistent on approving PDDs even with huge community opposition, which profits developers who buy cheap land because of its limitations by zoning law and convert them to illegal commercial ...more
By Obbservant (449), southampton on Oct 16, 14 9:35 PM
I never saw Rechler's name on her campaign contributors page. Doesn't mean it wasn't there.

Of course, isn't that the same for all politicians everywhere?
By bb (922), Hampton Bays on Oct 21, 14 8:33 PM
A planned development is not a giveaway nor does it lead to pollution if the waste water treatment plant is state of the art. Would the new proposal for the townhouses to be on the east side of the canal be contributing property taxes to the Hampton Bays School District or Southampton schools?
By davidf (325), hampton bays on Oct 16, 14 11:35 AM
Davidf - taxes would benefit the Hampton Bays School district
By bb (922), Hampton Bays on Oct 16, 14 1:23 PM
If i did the math right that's ninety-six thousand square feet of building on 4.5 acres part of which is under water. That's almost thirty thousand square feet larger than the Rennert house which is on 69 acres of land. Additionally people accross the street on North Rd will get to live next to a sewage treatment plant. Does this seem absurd to anyone other than me? Let them knock down the CPI. It's been an eyesore for years. Then they can develop to whatever density fits within the existing zoning ...more
By bird (829), Southampton on Oct 16, 14 2:01 PM
I realise that the property is a eye sore right note but.The town had to realize
That change is good that restaurants support the local economy abd provide
Jobs for our kids and all this fighting is not doing anyone any good
The rechlers plan is a good one build new housing which increases tax dollars
At New construction rates not 1950's renovation rates and Re build a building that has ties to.The community all the while making it beautiful now I love that building I spent 20 years ...more
By CPI BARTENDER (2), HAMPTON BAYS on Oct 16, 14 6:57 PM
Sorry for the spelling mistakes auto correct on my phone thanks
By CPI BARTENDER (2), HAMPTON BAYS on Oct 16, 14 7:02 PM
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