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Sep 21, 2011 10:25 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Village Considers Buying Nuisance Nightspot

Sep 21, 2011 11:01 AM

Former Southampton Village Trustee Paul Robinson, in his first appearance before the Village Board since his defeat in June’s election, pitched a potential fix to the village’s headaches from noise, littering and public urination, among other nuisances, in the neighborhood on Elm Street near a row of grandfathered-in nightspots.

One of those businesses, which this past summer operated as the Southampton Social Club and last summer as Madame Tong’s Redux, is now on the market, and Mr. Robinson urged the board to consider purchasing the property with money from the Community Preservation Funds. The CPF program allows East End governments to use money collected from a 2-percent real estate transfer tax to purchase property, typically to preserve open space and farmland or create parks.

“What is CPF? Community preservation. It’s not really open space, it’s community,” Mr. Robinson told the board on Tuesday night. “What is more community than the Elm Street area?”

Mr. Robinson, a real estate broker, told the board he was not representing the property in a professional capacity. He noted, however, that there is a 4-percent commission available “as a buyer’s broker,” and offered to be involved.

According to the Agawam Realty website, the property is listed at $4.6 million and includes the 6,000-square-foot building and just under a half acre of land.

“It is home to one of the most popular restaurant/bar/nightclubs in the Hamptons,” the site notes, adding that it is one of two buildings in Southampton to hold a cabaret license for live music. It seats 159 people inside and 220 people outside, according to the listing.

Meanwhile, a string of houses across the street also is up for sale, as homeowners have said they are fed up with the noise and revelry associated with the nearby clubs.

Other nightspots in Southampton Town have been purchased with CPF money for similar purchases, including at Conscience Point in North Sea and Tiana Beach, village officials said.

According to Southampton Town records, the property was last purchased by current owner Damon Giglio of Manhattan in March 2011 for $2.75 million.

Mayor Mark Epley said he would discuss the matter at the next CPF advisory board meeting, which was scheduled for Wednesday. He said he was receptive to the idea of purchasing the property but could not offer a specific use for it should the village purchase it.

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sold March 2011 for $2.75 million.
offered September 2011 for $4.6 million.

ok, right, and then the CPF buys it to close it down. and we wonder why the country is in economic trouble.

question:
how many southampton police officers does it take to enforce noise and crowd ordinances?

By davidf (325), hampton bays on Sep 21, 11 4:05 PM
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Question: "how many southampton police officers does it take to enforce noise and crowd ordinances?" Ans: Just one, the one that is supposed to measure the noise level. Why hasn't that been happening? Chief Cummings needs to answer that question.
By goldenrod (505), southampton on Sep 22, 11 12:48 AM
That Paul Robinson has been involved in quite a few questionable deals..... all meant to line his pockets. What in the world would the village want to do with more property to take care of in this market? Agawam realty lists it at 4.6 mil today when only last March it sold to present owner for 2.75 mill. Ha Ha Ha Well, Mr. out of village owner sit on for a while. Let the village take care of Agawam Park first and the land on North Sea Road second before buying a pig in a poke.
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on Sep 21, 11 9:04 PM
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Let the village cops stop giving parking tickets and focus on the noise at the social club. We don't need to close this place just make them conform to zoning and noise ordinances. Let the village make the code book distinguish beween nite club and restaurant. Our country is in big trouble, and we continue to spend money on fire houses and vacant land. When will we wake up?
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Sep 22, 11 9:59 AM
What a ridiculous idea. Easy to spend monopoly money I guess.
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Sep 22, 11 2:07 PM