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Apr 29, 2016 3:35 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Best Yet Plans Being Finalized; Market Is Racing To Try For Memorial Day Opening

Best Yet Market hopes to open in Westhampton Beach before Memorial Day.
May 2, 2016 3:11 PM

The Westhampton Beach Planning Board tentatively plans to grant final approval for the new Best Yet Market later this month, a move that could—if the stars align—allow the supermarket to open in time for the busy Memorial Day weekend.

At their most recent meeting last Thursday night, April 28, Planning Board members outlined a handful of items that need to be added to the proposed site plan, including final landscaping and phasing options, in the next few days to allow for a written decision to be made on the proposal later this month. If the information can be submitted, and the Westhampton Beach Village Board approves two individual pieces of the site plan by their next meeting on May 18, the supermarket chain will be granted a Certificate of Occupancy in time for Memorial Day weekend—though it remains to be seen if that give the chain enough time to open.

The main adjustment is to show the installation of conduits during phase two of the project—which is slated to begin in the fall—to allow for the eventual burying of power lines on the property in the third and final phase, which would have to be completed within two years of the site plan approval.

“If we can get to a point where the plans are finalized and the bond is locked in, we should be able to approve the plans at the next meeting,” Westhampton Beach Village Attorney Anthony Pasca said.

Last year, Best Yet Market won the right to be a tenant at the Sunset Avenue property with a $4 million bid. They will replace the now bankrupt Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company, which owned the Waldbaum’s that formerly occupied the space. In leasing the space, Best Yet agreed to some of the upgrades originally planned—and never completed—by Waldbaum’s a decade ago, and have added some more of their own to be carried out in three phases over the next two years.

Phase one of the renovation project, which included interior and facade work to the building, has already commenced.

At last week’s meeting, representative for the applicant, Kristin DeLuca, an engineer with Bohler Engineering in Hauppauge, said her clients have agreed to bury power lines that run on the property, a compromise with the village eliminating the need to bury additional lines on Sunset Avenue. In total, the initiative will now cost Best Yet approximately $90,000, or $60,000 less than originally expected.

While the lines will be buried during the third phase of the plan, the conduits will be put in place during phase two, when the parking lot is repaved. Those changes will have to be reflected on the updated site plan to show the fully phased project.

Other changes being required for approval by the Planning Board include moving a sidewalk to the southern most portion of the property, adding landscaping along the north and south borders, and removing a proposed sidewalk along the truck delivery route—which wraps around the entire building.

If the Planning Board approves the site plan at its next meeting, scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 12, at Village Hall, the applicant would still need the Village Board to authorize a bond agreement—an agreed-upon payment made by Best Yet for the village to hold until the work is completed as outlined in the finalized site plan. The Village Board also will have to approve a curb cut along the back of the property that will allow for vehicle access through the municipal parking lot.

The final Village Board work session prior to the holiday will be held on the evening of Wednesday, May 18.

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You the Village should hold special meetings to get them open in time for season.
By Shawn Ethier (10), Westhampton Beach on May 2, 16 8:44 AM
What is the significance of buried power lines? Why does this matter?
By Hambone (514), New York on May 4, 16 10:05 AM
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