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Oct 22, 2013 12:22 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Rechlers Will Seek Adjournment Of Hearing On Canoe Place Inn Project At Tuesday's Town Board Meeting

Oct 24, 2013 1:00 PM

The developers backing a project that aims to renovate the dilapidated Canoe Place Inn and construct 40 townhouses to the eastern bank of the Shinnecock Canal have requested an adjournment of the public hearing on their maritime planned development district proposal, and will most likely secure it at tonight’s Southampton Town Board meeting.

While Gregg and Mitchell Rechler, the cousins behind the proposal, maintain the purpose of the adjournment is simply to process all the feedback they’ve received from the public in recent months—much of it opposing their project—some officials expect that this adjournment, if granted, will give way to an altered plan, one with fewer townhouses. The developers want to raze two restaurants to pave the way for their residential community and reopen the Canoe Place Inn as a catering facility.

“They have said that they’re looking at all of the suggestions that have been made ... and they’re taking them into consideration and they want to bring something back that people are happy with,” Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst said Monday night following a debate hosted by the Hampton Bays Civic Association.

Ms. Throne-Holst also noted that this is the second time the town council has sent the Rechlers “back to the drawing board” with their redevelopment plans.

But an altered plan is not guaranteed, Jim Morgo, a consultant and spokesman for the Rechlers, said on Friday. Mr. Morgo said the Rechlers simply want to weigh the comments they’ve been provided and await further feedback from other entities, including the town planning department.

“We’re just putting it on hold,” Mr. Morgo said. “We’re still pursuing it, we still have the support of the community, we still think it’s critical to the revitalization of Hampton Bays.”

The Town Board meeting begins at 6 p.m. tonight at Town Hall in Southampton Village.

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By V.Tomanoku (790), southampton on Oct 22, 13 1:01 PM
It's funny. Previous articles in the Press have the candidates calling Hampton Bays a "dumping ground" but when someone wants to do a major development and get rid of eyesores they are put through the ringer and forced to spend a fortune to do it. How a project can be going on for this long and has to be sent "back to the drawing board" is amazing. SH Town has no plan when it comes to Hampton BAys and no concept of costs.
By The Real World (368), southampton on Oct 22, 13 3:01 PM
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The Rechlers bought a property knowing fully well that their idea of building mass density with more condos that will cause unacceptable pollution and other unacceptable consequences was illegal according to Code. This is especially egregious in a hamlet everyone knows is bursting at the seams with density, and that the destruction of our bays with man made septic pollution has caused tremendous toxic blooms of red and brown tide.

So they buy cheap sow's ear property precisely because its ...more
By Obbservant (449), southampton on Oct 22, 13 11:55 PM
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If there are no laws requiring the Rechlers to maintain the CPI in safer and more aesthetically pleasing condition than it is now, they should be enacted immediately; if there are, they should be prosecuted immediately. Now that they are driving their tenants from the canalside property, they must not be permitted to create a similar eyesore on the eastern property while they malinger in their development plans.

If they truly are interested in being good neighbors and "bring(ing) something ...more
By VOS (1241), WHB on Oct 22, 13 11:45 PM
from 27east, probably the next story ..
In some places, the role of fertilizers needs to be front and center ... in other places, there are sewage treatment plants discharging into just the wrong place in the backs of bays, etc.”
40 townhomes on a canal with a sketchy water treatment facility aint what anyone needs
part of the problem I think is that all those new nicely looking building in the center of H Bays literally wrecks the feel of the village! intimidating ...more
By david h (405), southampton on Oct 23, 13 4:17 PM
It would be a cheap trick to put Rumba's in place of Tiderunners. This owner pays no attention to the law like the Dream Club.
Lets sell all the condos and homes before building.
I wonder how much was given to the Thorn-Holst campaign fund by the Rechlers?
By longislander40 (37), hampton bays on Nov 11, 13 3:10 PM