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Jul 9, 2015 5:32 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Southampton Town Board To Discuss Acquiring Pyrrhus Concer Property For Up To $4.3 Million

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Jul 10, 2015 8:13 AM

The Southampton Town Board will discuss acquiring the site of the former Pyrrhus Concer house in Southampton Village at a public hearing on Tuesday, July 14. The town will use money from the Community Preservation Fund, garnered from real estate sales in the town, to purchase the property for an amount “not to exceed” $4.3 million.

Owners David and Silvia Hermer purchased the .82-acre property at 51 Pond Lane in 2013 for $2.75 million. At the time they said they planned to build a new, single-family, two-story home.

The original house was at the center of controversy. After several months of public debate, the Southampton Village Architectural Review Board in September 2013 denied an application to demolish the structure. Opponents said it was an integral part of African-American history, as it is believed it was inhabited by Mr. Concer, an African-American historical figure of some renown who was born in 1814.

The Hermers argued that very few, if any, historic elements remained in most of the house, which was built as an addition in the 1900s, after Mr. Concer had died. The couple filed a $10 million notice of claim against the village, claiming that their rights as property owners were being denied. In May, the village and the homeowners reached an agreement, and the village was given permission to salvage historic artifacts before the building was ultimately demolished in August of last year.

Following the public acquisition, the town reportedly has plans to turn the site into a museum honoring Mr. Concer and African-American heritage. The public hearing will be held at Southampton Town Hall, starting at 1 p.m.

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I'm not sure what's more absurd, having the Hermers making a profit or having 2 African American Museums in the Village? The first of which has been sitting vacant for close to 10 years and also paid for by the Town.
By 11953guest (48), southampton on Jul 9, 15 9:22 PM
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I agree this is ludicrous. I think Pyrrhus Concur was an amazing man with a fascinating history, but spending $4.3M of OPEN SPACE money - that's what the CPF was intended for 25+ years ago - is the penultimate case of government spending gone bad. That money was intended to secure open space for clean water, not cultural icons or beach houses. How much space for wildlife could be acquired for that kind of money - or do we want more strip malls and Condos?

I think the taxpayers need to ...more
By Funbeer (273), Southampton on Jul 9, 15 11:03 PM
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There must be a better way to honor Mr Concur then paying over 4 million Dollers for a building lot.I understand a African American Museum is being designed on Dune Rd in Hamption Bays.This gentelman could be appropriately honoured at that location.
By watchdog1 (543), Southampton on Jul 10, 15 7:19 AM
The CPF should be ended. They are running out of things to do with the money. Stop taxing the people. Buying night clubs and hotels etc.. was not the intent.
By The Real World (368), southampton on Jul 10, 15 8:40 AM
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Wait a minute- these IDIOTS are going to spend $4.3 MILLION for a 3/4 acre VACANT lot because someone who used to be a slave (although technically he wasnt) USED to live in a house that USED to be there??!! And then how much wasted to build a museum that we all know no one will go to?? This is open space preservation? The mgt of this CPF needs to be taken out of these idiot politicians control now
By PoliticallyIncorrect (45), earth on Jul 10, 15 9:08 AM
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Well, if they DO buy this vacant lot, they could then demolish the Neptune Beach Club and put in more PARKING SPACES for summer beach goers (for god's sake[!]), build an "African-American Lifesaving Station & Pyrrhus Concer" museum on the property, and hire one of their dimmer relatives as "curator". (The job description for the post should read, "Must be able to endure unending hours of solitude.")

While it was wrong for the town to buy the Neptune Beach Club, at least the $3.2 million ...more
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Jul 10, 15 10:38 AM
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Village officials have mishandled the Concer house from the day they learned Pyrrus Concer was an historically important man. It should have been landmarked when the monument to him was put in Agawam Park. To reward the carpetbaggers who demolished his house by paying them double what they spent on the property is an insult. CPF funds should not be used. Let someone else buy it.
By Crabby (63), Southampton on Jul 10, 15 11:09 AM
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I've got a half acre lot (with a house!) for sale- you can have it for oh say only 2 million! You can "preserve" it, burn it, put up a monument to me, or build a humongous public toilet- I won't care I'll be in Bermuda laughing my azz off! What a bunch of morons
By CaptainSig (716), Dutch Harbor on Jul 10, 15 5:10 PM
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Hey - if they buy the empty property to "preserve" it they won't have to do any maintenance..... No concerns about it going to hell like Conscience Point (looks like it will fall down soon) or any other neglected properties CPF $$ & the Town "preserved".. Sounds like a win win for the SHT Board!
By G (342), Southampton on Jul 10, 15 5:23 PM
Total bs no proof this guy ever lived here.
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Jul 11, 15 5:51 PM