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Feb 18, 2009 1:27 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Citarella to open in Bridgehampton

Feb 18, 2009 1:27 PM

Citarella, a small chain of gourmet food markets in Manhattan and the Hamptons, will soon open a new shop in the former IGA on Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton.

The Southampton Town Planning Board approved renovation plans for the market last Thursday, February 12. Property owner Joe Gurrera said he intends to make minor improvements to the building and open the new Citarella by this summer.

The entrance to the store will be shifted away from Montauk Highway, according to the plans, and cedar shake siding will be installed. The building will also undergo minor repairs.

Planning Board members granted Mr. Gurrera’s application an expedited review because of the minimal amount of changes proposed at the site.

Plans to add outdoor seating to the front of the market and install new outdoor lighting will be submitted 
separately to the Planning Board for its approval at a later date.

On the East End, Citarella has stores in East Hampton and Water Mill.

In other news, the Planning Board is expected to approve an application for a solar farm in Bridgehampton at its February 26 meeting. The project, proposed for a 13-acre agricultural reserve on Ocean Road, includes a 3,000-square-foot barn, a 2,268-square-foot greenhouse and a 188-square-foot windmill. It will be operated as an organic farm and will include an orchard, solar panels arranged to mimic reflecting pools, circular rings of flower beds and fields of sawgrass.

Although there was some discussion of approving the application at the board’s meeting last Thursday, members decided to hold back until the applicant addresses some issues raised by the town engineer, such as submitting drainage plans.

The application was submitted by the holding company FD HFZ LLC, which owns the 13-acre agricultural reserve and an adjacent 13 acres that contains six housing lots.

Planning consultant Kyle Collins of KPC Planning in Westhampton Beach, which is representing the holding company, promised to submit the missing engineering calculations so the plan can be approved later this month.

Previously, the application raised the ire of some Bridgehampton residents, who said they were concerned that the solar farm might not be economically viable. Others said they were concerned with the appearance of the planned deer fencing. To address this concern, the applicant has proposed to install ha-ha fences, which are constructed in a ditch and not visible from the road.

Plans to construct an 842-square-foot building to house machinery was also removed from the original application in an attempt to reduce the total number of buildings being constructed on the property. The total area of solar panels has also been consolidated.

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