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Feb 16, 2011 11:46 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Village Nears Decisions on Parrish Future

Feb 16, 2011 11:46 AM

In another preparatory move for the Parrish’s departure, the village last week signed a contract to have a traveling exhibition, Landmarks of New York, at the museum during the summer of 2012. The Parrish is expected to sign the contract soon. Since the Parrish’s exact departure date is not firm yet, the exhibit is expected to provide continuous programming during the transition.

Work on the grounds would then begin in the fall of 2012.

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Mr. Samii, Nice job so far with respect to lightening up the park. For years that park has gone unused because maybe people like me felt it was private property belonging to the Museum and the fact that it was hidden behind a 10 foot high wall likewise was unwelcoming.
Still, while the grates are better than the wall they sill say stay out. I think it would be nice to open up that park to the public by replacing the grates with steps leading up to the park. This would also allow pedestrians, ...more
By V.Tomanoku (790), southampton on Feb 17, 11 12:40 PM
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I moved to Southampton less than 2 years ago and I actually did think it was private property! I certainly hope that something positive comes of the changes to continue inspiring growth in the heart of the Village.
By odin631 (1), Southampton on Feb 22, 11 10:23 AM
This is definitly my subject. As I have remarked before, i grew up next door to the Parrish. Yes, it would be nice to open it up more, make it more accessible. As I remember it the gates on Jobs Lane were there because what is now a parking lot was all vacant land and no access to the back of the Parrish property, thus the gradual slope up from the street. West Main Street and the parking lot were not opened until late 1950's early '60's.
The main probllem with all our wonderful ideas is money. ...more
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on Feb 17, 11 1:27 PM
I'm no preservationist, but the location the Parrish chose in Water Mill is a scenic disaster. Nothing like destroying open space with such a monstrosity. The DuckWalk monolith was bad enough. If a commercial enterprise had proposed such a thing, the planning board would have dismissed it as out of hand. Funny how schools and cultural centers have a way of being greenlighted quickly. A large out-of-place building is a large out-of-place building , no? What difference does it make who occupies it? ...more
By Zorro (66), Southampton on Feb 21, 11 9:44 PM
agreed. I don't see how it is anymore attractive than a large 'Target' or other big box store.
By C Law (354), Water Mill on Feb 22, 11 10:57 AM
"What difference does it make who occupies it?"

Flip through SEQRA law and you will quickly learn there is a big difference. There are many factors that go into approvals of site plans - a big box store generates traffic, has impacts on the local economy, typically has a generic design and requires lots of parking and is of no measurable benefit to the public.

An art musuem is deemed culturally important, has a unique design (regardless of if you find it attractive or not) and ...more
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Feb 22, 11 12:44 PM
Funny, I've been enjoying the grounds of the museum for some twenty years. I've never had any problem "accessing" the grounds. I'm not sure what that even means. You walk up the steps and turn right, go in. Turn left, go in. What is the problem exactly? Sit on the grass! If you can;t do that. Bring a blanket! There are so many more worthy items to be concerned with. The ground are quaint and have plenty of charm. Can anyone in Southampton's municipality not spend any money?
Ironically, when ...more
By Soundview (89), Hampton bays on Feb 21, 11 11:51 PM
I'll tell you why it makes no difference who occupies it. First, your comments on SEQRA are correct and I agree with you. Your argument falls apart (fast forward 20 yrs) when the original owner/applicant vacates (for whatever reason...lack of public funding, waning donations, bankruptcy, etc.). Look what happened to the college...no one could have envisioned that property being in jeopardy. The only reason it's not condos now is Fred Thiele. So then, when the new owner comes to the planning or zoning ...more
By Zorro (66), Southampton on Feb 24, 11 12:46 AM
You give Fred Thiele WAY too much credit...but I'm sure he agrees with you.
By VOS (1241), WHB on Feb 24, 11 2:52 AM
a) You DO give Fred too much credit

b) Yea the Parrish Art Musuem will go under in 20 years... cuz it's only been around for... how many decades?

c) If you apply your logic across the Town, nothing would ever get built because of "what could happen". Oooo scary. They should have never built that school in Southampton Village because it became a Town Hall! Or they should have never built that Bank in Bridgehampton that later became a Starbucks.
Feb 24, 11 12:47 PM appended by Nature
P.S. The college was doomed from the start... I went to the hearings and looked over the documents - LIU never had the money to run it in the first place. It was a pipe dream that they hoped would work out - it started to fall apart when other Universities in New England with $$$ built competing programs that were properly funded. The Parrish Art Musuem does not have that problem.
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Feb 24, 11 12:47 PM
By V.Tomanoku (790), southampton on Feb 25, 11 12:53 PM