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Mar 27, 2019 10:21 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Town Board Once Again Delays Vote On Bel-Aire Cove Motel Purchase

The Bel-Aire Cove Motel in Hampton Bays.
Mar 27, 2019 10:59 AM

Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman is hoping for a big birthday present: the long-delayed approval of the purchase of the Bel-Aire Cove Motel in Hampton Bays.

Town Board members, once again, were forced to delay a vote to approve the purchase on Tuesday. The purchase of the motel requires the approval of an urban renewal plan, which was not put up for a vote on Tuesday, meaning the board could not vote on the purchase itself.

In fact, a resolution approving the urban renewal plan—dubbed the Hampton Bays Waterfront Revitalization Plan—was not included in a packet of resolutions to be voted on, an apparent oversight.

Now, the vote is set for April 9—which also happens to be Mr. Schneiderman’s birthday.

In August, Mr. Schneiderman proposed purchasing the blighted motel that is regularly used for year-round housing, for $1,060,000 for community development purposes. After years of being on the market, no prospective buyer would move on the purchase because of issues with permitting.

The supervisor’s intent in purchasing the property was to demolish the motel and clear the lot in order to get the needed permits to develop a condominium or townhouse complex, or another motel that could boost tourism in Hampton Bays. Once the permits were in place, Mr. Schneiderman said he wanted to go to the community for input on what its members want to see constructed at the property, and then sell it to a developer.

During the public hearings, the majority of residents said they wanted to see the property purchased with Community Preservation Fund money so that the property could revert to its natural state, while also providing a place for the community to launch kayaks, canoes or stand-up paddle boards onto Penny Pond, a feeder creek off Shinnecock Bay.

After listening to the overwhelming community feedback, Town Board member Christine Scalera presented a resolution to purchase the property using CPF money. Community members, once again, said during the public hearings that they supported purchasing the property with CPF money.

Despite the feedback, the resolution was shot down by all members of the board except for Ms. Scalera.

Mr. Schneiderman presented his plan for urban renewal of the property, and after a public hearing the board members cast their votes to move forward with his plan.

Under the new plan, buildings would not be taller than two stories and amenities could include a yoga room, pool or lounge area.

The town would also be able to create either a 22-unit boutique hotel or a 12-unit seasonal resort complex consisting of townhouses, with the community’s approval.

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SHT Board, you are not real estate people. Stay out of the business. Sounds like the lobster grill deal, sold before it was announced....
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Mar 27, 19 12:02 PM
This is Jay's "Green Deal".

In four years this location will be in worse condition than today. The SHTB has demonstrated over and over again in the last 9 months a total failure with this type of development. It screwed EQ with the Hills project, the Life Saving Station on Dune Road or that location in Westhampton it cannot sell. The towns very own CPF board advised them on the Bel-Aire and they refused to listen.

Not a dime has been paid by this slum landlord. Yet Jay let's ...more
By Hamptonsway (107), Southampton on Mar 28, 19 10:01 PM
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It needs to be shut down already !!!! Vote them out
By Fernie11946 (11), Hampton Bays on Mar 27, 19 12:22 PM
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Municipal has no business in business. They should either buy it as a park for public benefit or not. If they are going to enter into standard business practice then this will open the door for other capitalistic opportunities. Governments role is to provide necessary services and tax people for the benefit. Not profit oriented capitalistic ventures.
By North Sea Citizen (568), North Sea on Mar 27, 19 4:27 PM
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Interesting the board can spend 10 million at the drop of a hat for property for a park in the village but can't come up with 1 million to get rid of a blight and add a park in Hampton Bays.
By bird (829), Sag Harbor on Mar 27, 19 5:32 PM
Get rid of this ridiculous property. Still packed and still collecting rent.
By bigblue84 (89), Hampton Bays on Mar 27, 19 6:36 PM
This might be a time to get a new Town Board Lawyer.
By watchdog1 (543), Southampton on Mar 28, 19 8:34 AM
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Time is right for a new Town Board.
By ZGerry (50), Hamptons on Mar 30, 19 6:38 PM
Let me get this straight....the Town is so onerous on developers that no developer in their right mind will take a chance. Look at the CPI, the costs and length of time ridiculous. So, instead of making it easier for development and purchase by the private sector, Southampton Town wants tor get into business because maybe it will be easier for them to get it permitted and then try to flip it. Horrible abuse of power and an overreach by government.
By The Real World (368), southampton on Mar 28, 19 2:48 PM
Close this rathole.
By Moral Dolphin (50), Southampton on Mar 29, 19 1:12 AM
Jay is a weasel and not to be trusted.
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Mar 29, 19 7:18 AM
Something isn’t right here....After all these years and complaints, the Town Board is suddenly making this a development priority despite widespread opposition. Maybe, one day, the Supervisor will actually show that he cares about the people of HB. Everything seems to be focused on bringing more people to HB. That’s nice. But HB is overcrowded now. Bring tourists and day trippers somewhere else. Maybe JS will do something HB can be proud of...maybe the moon will fall from the sky...
By Marrrmin (17), Hampton bays on Apr 5, 19 12:11 PM
So, now it's a done deal but those who are paying the $1.2 million still have not been given a clear picture of what will become of the property. I suppose the Town will just relocate the residents to another motel being used illegally as long term housing instead of being required to conform to zoning regulations.
By VOS (1241), WHB on Apr 9, 19 5:24 PM