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Mar 5, 2013 9:45 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Village Community Members Supportive Of Citarella, Concerned About Parking

Mar 5, 2013 4:43 PM

“As far as I’m concerned, as a property owner and resident of Southampton, I wouldn’t call this a gift, but this is so beneficial for Southampton Village that it is almost unbelievable,” he said. “Citarella is a strong draw to the village. I will grant you that there are issues with parking in the back. Be that as it may, I would much rather, from the village’s standpoint, be in the position where parking is the problem instead of having empty spaces.”

Mr. Cunningham said that even if Citarella customers have to park in another parking lot and walk the village, it would be beneficial to the businesses along the way.

“This is exactly what we want,” he said. “This creates permanent full-time jobs, and it’s a draw—along with [Pottery Barn] getting opened, it’s a potential long-term good thing for the village.”

Robert Rattenni, the owner of the former Saks Fifth Avenue building and future home of Pottery Barn at the corner of Hampton Road and Main Street, said he thinks a Citarella at the mini-mall would be beneficial, but he has reservations. “I embrace the idea and think it would be fantastic and wonderful, but I do think there are some questions that need to be answered,” he said. “What would be helpful would be a plan for employee parking. If the village worked with the company and had an actual location for employee parking, it would probably be a helpful thing.”

Board members closed the public hearing but decided to allow written comments to be submitted for 10 days, until the end of the day on Thursday, March 14. The Planning Board’s regular meeting is slated for Monday, April 1 at 6 p.m.

“We’ve heard some pros and cons from the people of the village,” said Planning Board member Steve Lemanski. “I don’t think keeping the public hearing open will bring up any more issues, but we do have work to do on the issues that were raised.”

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Why cant they come to Westhampton Beach??
By realistic (472), westhampton on Mar 5, 13 10:31 AM
I remember back in the day when the Village Board was all up in arms about the Tuckahoe King Kullen shopping center and the impact that that would have on the small businesses in the village...Well seems to me that this Citarella, a NYC based corporation, is more of a clear and present danger to these small local businesses than the KK shopping center. The Citarella at this location will suck out any available parking for the small businesses in that area but also compete with them as well both ...more
By Toma Noku (616), uptown on Mar 5, 13 11:20 AM
While I do agree that the parking situation could get a little ugly, let's be real about your traffic and highway comment. It's never going to get better. Never. It's only going to get worse and worse. You make make the road as wide as the LIE and it wouldn't help. There is just too much congestion, too many stoplights, and too many idiotic drivers. As for the shops you listed, most of them are hanging on by a thread as it is and haven't put a penny back into the upkeep or refurbishment of their ...more
By johnj (1024), Westhampton on Mar 5, 13 2:58 PM
Why are seemingly intelligent adults even discussing this?

A chain is only as strong as its weakest link, and the parking standards here are FATAL to this application!

Done.

Over.

Move on!

By PBR (4956), Southampton on Mar 5, 13 11:32 AM
IF this application is improved as-is, follow the money IMO.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Mar 5, 13 11:33 AM
Sorry, if "approved."
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Mar 5, 13 11:34 AM
There are plenty of unoccupied already built places ... perhaps there shd be some kind of requirement that allows for their use before new ones are built to then be abbandoned one future day.
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Mar 5, 13 3:53 PM
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True. I believe the Sleepy's shopping center on CR 39 still have a few vacant spaces as well as the one across the street, but we all know how much of a nightmare it is to get in and out of there. Which begs the question: Why were they built in the first place?
By johnj (1024), Westhampton on Mar 6, 13 12:24 PM
The village needs this year-round store as well as a grocery option. Citarella fills
both needs and draws people INTO the village. The parking is always an issue
in the village. And in the summer it's terrible but that's just how it is in unless more space is opened up and employees have a lot for themselves. The village should be working on parking. The recent refiguring for "safe routes to school" is a sham. I have never seen any student walking to school. How about dismantling that ...more
By localcitizen (110), Southampton on Mar 5, 13 6:21 PM
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IMO the recent work for safe routes was done with grant money, and can't be "un-done" nor should it.

Hampton Road is congested because too many people, cars, and businesses are all crammed into a limited geographic space. Adding a traffic-and-shopper-intensive market into the middle of this space is PREDICTABLY -- NOT -- repeat NOT -- going to have any worthwhile benefits which outweigh the obvious downside impact on traffic, parking and congestion in general.

This proposal is ...more
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Mar 6, 13 6:26 AM
PS -- Yes, the Village is different without the IGA and could use another market nearby. Unfortunately, the proposed location is just the WRONG LOCATION for an obvious need. Don't confuse the need with the (wrong) solution.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Mar 6, 13 6:29 AM
yes we need it..
By spruce (8), Riverhead on Mar 6, 13 9:11 AM
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It's almost laughable that the deli guy and the Golden Pear guy are so concerned about the congestion but apparently are not concerned with the competition.
By VOS (1241), WHB on Mar 6, 13 11:58 PM