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Jun 4, 2019 2:06 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Bel-Aire Cove Motel Closing Depends On When Monthly Tenants Move Out

The Bel-Aire Cove Motel. GREG WEHNER
Jun 4, 2019 4:32 PM

The owners of the Bel-Aire Cove Motel in Hampton Bays, in an effort to expedite the closing of the motel’s sale to Southampton Town, have begun the process of evicting current year-round tenants.

The town’s purchase of the motel on Shinnecock Road for a little more than $1 million was approved by Town Board members in a 4-1 vote in April, with the idea that the property would be cleared and the town would work with the community to come up with a design for condominiums or townhomes to replace the motel, which has evolved into month-to-month residential rentals.

Many residents in the hamlet spoke against the move during numerous public hearings on the purchase, and instead asked the town to use Community Preservation Fund money to purchase the land and allow it to revert back to its natural state, but that effort stalled.

Now, Town Board members have their sights set on closing on the property. But there’s one main hurdle in the way: the current residents.

“We can’t exactly close. That’s part of the conditions of us acquiring it, is that we are acquiring it without tenants,” Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman said on Friday. “I think there was one provision that it could have up to, I think, maybe up to three tenants, provided there had been eviction notices issued by the Suffolk County sheriff.”

Town Attorney James Burke said his understanding was that the tenants had been asked to leave by the end of June.

As far as arrangements, he said the town would work with the landlord, in this case Jagannath Jayaswal, to make sure all of the tenants are properly relocated.

Mr. Jayaswal could not be reached for comment this week.

“While it can be a difficult issue, as we all know, the town will use whatever resources the town has to assist with the relocation, including delaying the closing until proper housing is found, if necessary,” Mr. Burke said.

Mr. Schneiderman echoed Mr. Burke and said the town would delay the closing date if needed.

But getting the residents to vacate the motel is not the town’s responsibility, Mr. Schneiderman said—it’s the owner’s.

“The owner’s not going to see any of the money until it meets the condition for closing,” he said. “Our understanding is that everybody was on a month-to-month, and nobody had a long-term lease.”

Diana Weir, the director of Housing and Community Development for the town, said most of the tenants at the Bel-Aire Cove Motel are single men, other than two families with children. “If I’m going to do anything, those are the people I’m going to be focusing on,” she said, referring to the families. “We don’t have housing here, in the town, but I’m going to reach out to a couple of groups … to see what’s available.

“It’s his responsibility to make sure they’re out, but we don’t want to put people on the street, especially with kids, in the middle of summer,” she added, referring to the motel’s current owner.

Mr. Schneiderman proposed purchasing the 19-room Bel-Aire Cove Motel in August 2018. The motel had been on the market for a while, he said when he announced his proposal to purchase it, but nobody followed through with buying the blighted property, because it did not conform with local zoning, and developers feared not being able to get the proper permits to develop the land.

Mr. Schneiderman’s solution was to purchase the property, level the buildings, get all of the necessary permits in place, come up with a plan for condominiums or townhomes, and then sell the property to a developer with a plan already in place.

The motel has had a checkered past, having been cited for numerous code violations, such as bed bugs and roach infestations, electrical violations, non-functioning smoke detectors, and overcrowding.

It was also believed to be polluting Penny Pond, which feeds into Shinnecock Bay. In 2016, the Concerned Citizens of Hampton Bays paid for and conducted a study that alleged the motel’s septic system was responsible for elevated levels of fecal coliform, nitrogen and added ammonia in the waterway.

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Where are all the bleeding heart lefties now? Why don't they step up and offer to take these people into their homes? They are the first ones to point at others, calling them bigoted or racist. So, where are you now self-righteous liberals?
By Babyboo (293), Hampton Bays on Jun 4, 19 4:31 PM
Private charity is not a viable replacement for social services.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (8265), HAMPTON BAYS on Jun 4, 19 5:04 PM
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Ask the Great Educator: the leader of the Hampton Bays School District Lars Clemensen is right where he always is -- overseeing a budget that had the capacity to spend some of it on hiring an up island attorney to demand that these families with students in the Hampton Bays School District be evicted so that the budget would be reduced. Maybe there's some room in that budget now to help re-locate those students to some other district.

In case you've forgotten:
By dfree (818), hampton bays on Jun 4, 19 5:24 PM
BRAVO SIERRA!! Without the government freestuff, the TRULY needy would still be taken care of with private charity, the generational parasites would have a hard time and ,gasp, have to take care of themselves, imagine that!
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Jun 4, 19 5:58 PM
the above post Is directed to Foreign
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Jun 4, 19 6:00 PM
And, of course, that "some other district" should be in some other country if they are here illegally.
By HamptonDad (236), Hampton Bays on Jun 4, 19 7:58 PM
Hey BF: Why does having poor parents make someone a parasite?
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (8265), HAMPTON BAYS on Jun 4, 19 8:05 PM
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DFREE, I will re-iterate my request again to have a personal conversation. In my execution of the school budget, we are not looking to evict anyone, I can explain that nuance again that I have explained multiple times publicly.

We have more in common, in support of Hampton Bays, than we do not. Your conclusions of me are based on incomplete information. I’m certain that, after a face to face conversation, we would find we are more aligned than not in support of HB and ALL the people ...more
By hblc (34), Hampton Bays on Jun 4, 19 9:34 PM
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By Fred s (3321), Southampton on Jun 4, 19 9:43 PM
When someone is the third generation on the dole, that's being a generational parasite.
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Jun 9, 19 1:13 PM
And that's STILL not a good reason to let kids go hungry.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (8265), HAMPTON BAYS on Jun 9, 19 3:24 PM
This just keeps getting better
By bigblue84 (89), Hampton Bays on Jun 4, 19 4:51 PM
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Baby boo....most of us don’t have time to read petty articles and comments like this....we are too busy waiting to see Trump’s tax returns.....
By EVV7902 (12), Westhampton on Jun 4, 19 5:57 PM
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Lets get this show on the road ,when I rented an apartments and was told the ownership was changing and I had to leave by a certain date i had no option but to find alternate accommodation it was my responsibility.Why is it such a big deal in Southampton,close on this property by date certain.
By watchdog1 (543), Southampton on Jun 4, 19 9:04 PM
Where is this deal going??? Who is going to be the great benefactor of the JAY and JULIE deal???
What happened to the lobster inn deal? Any body in the board family there???
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Jun 4, 19 9:57 PM
This entire process from last September became such a circus orchestrated by the Town Supervisor. This was "his plan" (his words) from Day 1. HB will be left with the mess if this project goes south or sideways long after he is gone. All of this could have been avoided if the Town just enforced their season motel occupancy laws even if they needed to change the zoning to do so. This motel is not the only one, but it became the poster child since the article in the Post in August of 2017.. There ...more
By G.A.Lombardi (575), Hampton Bays on Jun 5, 19 7:08 AM
Awful, just awful! How many people are being displaced because of this? How many are children or elderly? They obviously live there because they cannot afford to live elsewhere. Will these "townhouses or condos" be affordable for them to rent when the project is complete? I think we know the answer to that.
And to have them leave at the end of June, the absolute WORST time of the year to find a rental, is just a slap in the face to them.
By 2329702 (67), East Quogue on Jun 5, 19 9:13 AM
You sound like a supporter of open borders. You feel so bad, take them in - they had no right to be there for so long, knew they didn't belong there and knew this day was coming, so don't feel so sorry for them. The landlord belongs in jail - the only people being slapped in the face are the hard working, taxpaying residents of Hampton Bays!
By HamptonDad (236), Hampton Bays on Jun 5, 19 9:52 AM
232, you are coming in "mid-sentence" on an issue plaguing HB for almost a decade. These motels were constructed for SEASONAL use - no heat, mo cooking, etc. The tenants pay approximately $1,000 a month and are being victimized by the motel owners and the Town. As HamptonDad pointed out, the hard-working property owners of HB are also being victimized by the motel owners and the Town since the motel owners have the best of both worlds - full time rent (potentially off the books) and motel (part-time) ...more
By G.A.Lombardi (575), Hampton Bays on Jun 5, 19 1:33 PM
Do you actually hear yourself HamptonDad?? Take THEM in....don’t feel so sorry for THEM. If I didn’t know any better I would guess you are the guy in the white hood handing out bigoted paraphernalia around HB. The only people I feel sorry for are your kids; you are raising THEM to be immoral racist pigs.
By EVV7902 (12), Westhampton on Jun 7, 19 7:43 PM
I’m with you, HamptonDad. Not wanting overcrowded schools/hospitals, etc. is not racist. Racist is favoring illegals because ‘Americans are too lazy’ rhetoric. Racist is pushing their agenda over say, returning military..elderly and handicapped people. There’s no law saying we have to accept this. Free speech applies to all.
By Moral Dolphin (50), Southampton on Jun 8, 19 11:29 AM
Yes, free speech does apply to all. It would just be nice if the people speaking were actually educated in this discussion.
By EVV7902 (12), Westhampton on Jun 9, 19 10:54 AM