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Apr 28, 2010 10:25 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Town supervisor says Canoe Place Inn developer working on alternative plan

Apr 28, 2010 10:25 AM

Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst said this week that the developers who bought the Canoe Place Inn in Hampton Bays were willing to consider an alternative to razing the historic building as part of their plan to build condominiums at the site.

The supervisor told a crowd carrying signs reading “Save The Canoe Place Inn” at a Town Board meeting on Tuesday, April 27, that she had met with the developers, Gregg and Mitchell Rechler, in recent weeks and that they were working on an a plan that would “preserve the whole feel” of the historic CPI building.

“I think you will be very pleased with the direction they are going,” she told the crowd.

Ms. Throne-Holst would not discuss specific designs, but said the plans they have discussed would work “within the shell of the building,” rather than demolishing it, as originally planned, and would disturb as little of the property as possible.

She warned that the developers will likely be seeking some other consideration for development of the CPI property.

“There are economies of scale here, and some bottom lines, and they will be looking for some concessions on our part,” Ms. Throne-Holst said, drawing some scoffs from the audience. “But I think they know that the body of the building is what is important to the community and they are going to work with that.”

She said she was scheduled to meet privately with the Rechlers to discuss the plans again today, Thursday, April 29.

Hampton Bays Historical Society President Brenda Berntson presented the board with a petition signed by more than 1,000 local residents supporting the preservation of the building, which was rebuilt in the 1940s after being destroyed by fire.


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I believe that the building burned in 1921 and was rebuilt the same year.
By alicemike1 (1), Cutchogue on May 2, 10 10:29 PM
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This is a rat infested, sewage filled dump,knock down this eyesore ASAP!!!!
By localsonly (2), East Quogue on May 3, 10 12:37 AM
Funny how this has such an effect on you in EQ..ATH is grandstanding with this issue and it seems the HB residents will not be fooled. What is the other "consideration." she talks about? The developers are afraid of public opinion. Good work HB residents.
By nellie (451), sag harbor on May 3, 10 7:35 PM
Localsonly may be stating it a bit severely, but the CPI is probably far from the most desirable structure for a developer to have to work with. The community support for its preservation, while strong, is clearly more sentimental than practical. This being so, Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst deserves great credit for her efforts to find a way for the developer to do something short of the demolition that common sense would dictate. As businessmen, the Rechlers naturally expect concessions for this ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on May 3, 10 11:25 AM
Nothing new here. Typical ATH party line rhetoric.
By nellie (451), sag harbor on May 3, 10 7:38 PM
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Nothing new here. Typical ATH-bashing.
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on May 5, 10 10:52 AM
Which party is the rhetoric from?
Why are so many fools on here and in this country caught up in partisan politics?It is obvious the system is broken, fighting between dumb and dumber is what got us here in the first place!
By ICE (1214), Southhampton on May 6, 10 7:07 PM
Unfortunately, there are those who defend their party pols in their comments no matter what. I am tired of seeing it here and agree with you that it is why we are in this mess today (just look at Congress). I will continue to point this out whenever I see it because I think it is not in the interest of the Town or in this country. Personally, I support my Town, not a political party.
By nellie (451), sag harbor on May 8, 10 10:52 PM
That's all nobly stated, Nellie, but you lose credibility when you make false accusations. Let's look at what you and I really said above. I said, in plain terms, that the CPI is probably a loser, but there's much (perhaps misguided) community support for its preservation, so ATH deserves credit for giving it a shot by talking with the developer, who'll naturally want something in exchange. You called my comment "party line rhetoric", but I don't see any basis for that charge, and I don't think ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on May 13, 10 6:26 AM
Being a resident of hampton bays for 25 years, I would love to know how many of these "community supporters" have been inside this building in the last 5 or 10 years(during the day).Health and fire hazards are nothing to overlook,knock it down,and let the Rechlers build somthing that will be an important part of HB for the next 100 years!!.it has been a significant part of HB from the early 20's to the late 80's,since then it has never been the same.
By localsonly (2), East Quogue on May 4, 10 4:14 AM
This building is still in use. If there are health and fire issues our Town Inspectors should be closing it down. Which is it, a trap or a great night spot? The Town needs to figure it out.
By bb (922), Hampton Bays on May 5, 10 3:56 PM
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It's definitely not a great night spot thats for sure, it attracts many crass undesirables to HB on the Fri. and Sat. nights it operates. the fact that the gas station across the street closes on Sat. 15 min before that place lets out is testament to their clientele.

The building is hardly worth saving, it seems restoration would be an unreasonable hardship to impose upon the owners. Let it go people! Most of the people who want it saved don't even know it's history and haven't lived out ...more
By ICE (1214), Southhampton on May 6, 10 7:15 PM
I've never seen a condo development north of S Carolina that didn't look dated and crappy 15 years aafter construction. The mindset of the condo owner coupled with the need to get 50% of the votes to appropriate funds means they do the bare minimum. It all regresses to the mean.
By Hambone (514), New York on May 4, 10 8:50 AM
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Some historic buildings are worth saving this is not. I guarantee since the seventies bar owners have been squeezing summer profits out of there without putting much money into it. It really needs to be razed.
By Mets fan (1501), Southampton on May 4, 10 12:41 PM
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It just won't work. The western part of the building has settled so unevenly the third floor hallway has been like a roller coaster for thirty years. The eastern part is built on piers, not a full foundation and is all wood construction. It would never meet the standards for modern housing. Too bad, but that's the way it is.
By VOS (1241), WHB on May 4, 10 11:33 PM