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Jan 25, 2012 10:37 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Village Considers Placing Open-Air Pavilion On Center Of The Arts Grounds

Jan 26, 2012 7:22 AM

Southampton Village officials are toying with the idea of placing a semi-permanent, open-air, tentlike structure on the grounds of the future Southampton Center of the Arts, as part of a continued effort to draw the public, as well as renowned artists, onto the village-owned grounds along Jobs Lane.

Representatives from the Rockwell Group, a Manhattan-based firm, presented conceptual plans for such a structure during a Village Board meeting Tuesday night. The group envisions how to use space and is working on a pro bono basis for the village, Mayor Mark Epley said.

Officials offered no price tag for the plan, noting it is still very preliminary.

According to Rockwell representatives, a circular, pavilion-like structure could be used as a theater or orchestra performance space, film, dance or even an ice-skating rink. It could also be moved around to different sites on the grounds based on the season, they said.

Trustee Bonnie Cannon said she liked the multifunctional aspect and that anything on those grounds should be “upscale.”

Village resident Susan Stevenson raised the issue of whether the noise generated from performances might carry into residential neighborhoods and local restaurants.

With the Parrish Art Museum expected to vacate the site at 25 Jobs Lane in the fall, the village has been planning for the Southampton Center of the Arts, a multidisciplinary artistic venue, to take its place. The village grounds have already undergone some sprucing up, with a long-dormant fountain put back in function again last summer, for example.

“We’re trying to be creative,” Mr. Epley said, adding that he thinks using the outdoor space could bring people from all over the world to the Jobs Lane grounds.

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And who is going to pay for this boondoggle, as the Village hurtles into municipal bankruptcy?

Check the Village's budget line items, and many previous articles and comments, about the rising legacy and retirement costs facing the Village over the next few DECADES.

You can't make this stuff up!
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Jan 26, 12 5:18 PM
PS -- from the top of the article:

" . . . toying with the idea . . . "

Yeah, that about covers it.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Jan 26, 12 10:13 PM
You'd think they would have a better way to spend their time an treasure...
By Toma Noku (616), uptown on Jan 27, 12 6:59 AM
Yeah, why waste your time discussing how to improve the village to attract consumers and dollars that will benefit the entire community.
By razza5351 (551), East Hampton on Jan 27, 12 7:43 AM
It is a disease out here folks. If you have open space you have to build or pave. This spot has been fine for generations. We like the way it looks. Just leave it alone will you. And since when do we have to draw any more people to anything out here?
By Sandflea (35), Southampton on Feb 1, 12 11:10 AM
Attract more people? There's plenty out in the East End now! Did anyone on the biard ever hear of quiet time, quiet space? I used totreasure the park like setting on the west side of the Museum. And the sound of the Fountain is a plesant addition to my dreams as I sit around the little wall there.
Clean up the area, do some weeding when needed but leave the outside alone. As I recall the present Trustees of The Parrish elected to move because the Village would NOT let them install a cafe! ...more
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on Feb 1, 12 12:46 PM
Mr. Samii needs to look at the entrance to the Village on North Sea Road. That area really needs some beautification.
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on Feb 1, 12 12:50 PM