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May 5, 2010 10:04 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Town Hall will consider the possibilities for former court space

May 5, 2010 10:04 AM

Architects will begin examining Southampton Town’s various departments and their space needs this summer in an effort to decide how best to use some 10,000 square feet of space in the basement of Town Hall, the former Town Justice Court and offices.

The Town Board agreed last week to hire Chaleff & Rogers Architects, to examine the space needs of some of Town Hall’s bigger departments and how they might benefit from more space, and how their current space could be efficiently reallocated. The study is expected to take 45 days, Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst said. The firm will be paid $28,800 for the work and their recommendations.

“We have a quite a bit of space now that the court has moved out, and there needs to be a careful look at the space and how we allocate it,” Ms. Throne-Holst said. “Rather than doing it ourselves and spending money where we might regret it, we thought it better to have architects who know about these types of spaces do it.”

The town’s Building Department, the Department of Land Management, and the Tax Assessor and the Tax Receivers offices are being considered as candidates for being relocated to the space, Councilwoman Nancy Graboski said. The board has been considering combining the two tax offices into one department. A new recording studio for SEA-TV has also been discussed.

Ms. Throne-Holst said that once the study is completed the town hopes to spend a minimal amount of money on renovations to the space, hopefully using building maintenance crews to do the work to save money.

Ms. Graboski said that when the town first started talking about moving the court several years ago, and how to use the space, estimates for a more comprehensive study of the space uses of Town Hall were as high as $60,000.

MICHAEL WRIGHT

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