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Oct 8, 2019 4:27 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Town Finds Contractor To Rehabilitate Tupper Boathouse In North Sea

Southampton Town officials will contract Carter-Melence, Inc. to stabilize, lift and partially reconstruct the Tupper Boathouse in North Sea. GREG WEHNER
Oct 8, 2019 4:27 PM

After two attempts of trying to attract a contractor to stabilize, lift and reconstruct portions of the Tupper Boathouse in North Sea, Southampton Town officials have found a company that will do the work.

On Tuesday, Southampton Town Board members authorized Supervisor Jay Schneiderman to sign a contract with Sound Beach-based Carter-Melence Inc. to make much-needed renovations to the boathouse, which dates back to the 1930s and is located near Conscience Point, where the first English settlers landed in Southampton.

In the first round of bids, which closed in March, the only proposal received was for $1,588,114, from LoDuca Associates. The town determined the bid was over-budget.

This time, Carter-Melence submitted a bid of $1,292,000 to complete the work, for which the town budgeted $861,594 in 2019 and $430,406 in 2020.

The project will be paid for using a $854,780 grant from the State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, according to the director of municipal works, Christine Fetten. Additional money for the project was put aside in the capital budget.

Town officials originally expected to spend just over $1 million to restore the dilapidated boathouse.

The scope of work filed with the town clerk’s office includes removing the second floor of the west terrace, removing deteriorated wall shingles and sheathing, stabilizing the building for future use, lifting the boathouse above flood level and weatherproofing the building to avoid further deterioration.

Before the boathouse was constructed, the site where it sits was a port area and the location for the first expansion of the Southampton settlement in the 1650s, according to the Southampton Town Landmarks and Historic Districts Board.

When it was a boathouse, wooden boats were constructed, stored and sold there by Edwin “Ned” Tupper, who ran the facility until 1959.

After Mr. Tupper sold the boathouse, it was used as a dining and entertainment establishment.

Sitting on a 3.9-acre parcel overlooking North Sea Harbor, the boathouse is boarded up and in bad shape. In 2015, the Town Board vowed to preserve the structure and it was declared a historic landmark.

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