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Sep 30, 2019 2:52 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Former Southampton Village Art Deco-Style Car Dealer Sells For $2.25 Million

The property at 1 Pond Lane in Southampton Village sold in August for $2.25 million.
Oct 2, 2019 12:00 PM

An Art Deco-style former car dealership next to Lake Agawam in Southampton Village sold last month for $2.25 million — and even though the previous owners had obtained a demolition permit in an effort to attract a buyer, the new owners say they do not plan to tear the iconic structure down.

In fact, David and Simone Levinson, who purchased the former B&M Automotive building at the corner of Pond Lane and Hill Street, plan to give the building a face-lift and clean up the inside, with hopes that they can attract a tenant by springtime, according to Hal Zwick, the director of commercial real estate at Town and Country Real Estate.

Mr. Zwick represented the Levinsons during the purchase, and he said last week that the short-term plans are to make the building presentable. The long-term plan, he said, remains to be seen.

He explained that until the village gets a sewer district in place, the permitted uses on the lot are restricted to dry uses.

Former Southampton Town Supervisor Linda Kabot, who works as a real estate agent, confirmed in early September that the building was sold on August 22.

Last week, Ms. Kabot said sewers would open the doors for the new owners to possibly open a restaurant at the property — but the Suffolk County Health Department would not allow wet uses until a sewer district is in place.

Ms. Kabot represented the former owners of the property, the Hauquitz family, throughout the sale and helped them obtain the certificate of appropriateness that could allow the building to be demolished back in 2018. In 2018, the 5,600-square-foot building was on the market for $4.2 million, but the Hauquitz family settled for less.

At the time, Ms. Kabot said property investors had shown interest in the building, although an offer was never made, because potential buyers didn’t know if they would be able to tear down the building.

Despite dating back to 1951 and displaying many aspects of the Art Deco-style — including being made of stucco and sheet metal, having large plate glass windows, and being curved in shape — Ms. Kabot said the building was not listed as historical in village documents.

Southampton Village Mayor Jesse Warren said he was happy to hear the building had been sold and potentially rescued from the wrecking ball.

“I love to see investment in our village, and I’m very excited for the potential plans of the new owner,” he said, adding he has not heard what the owner wants to do with the property. “I’m actually very excited about this, because I think it can be an amazing hub for us, and, obviously, its proximity to Agawam Park would make it even more exciting.”

Mr. Warren added that he wants to help them in anyway that he can to make sure they are successful, even offering the village’s assistance to put in a nitrogen-reducing septic system, if needed.

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That would be a great spot for a starbucks
By C Law (354), Water Mill on Oct 1, 19 3:54 PM
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Hopefully the buyer isn’t a colossal tool like the character who owns the courtyard on Jobs La. That being said, the board owes it to the owner to be open to something other than a real estate agency in colonial gray.
By even flow (1023), East Hampton on Oct 2, 19 6:21 AM
Better take a picture now because that place won't be long for the world
By Preliator Lives (437), Obamavillie on Oct 2, 19 6:55 AM
How about a hip diner / restaurant?\
By Rich Morey (378), East Hampton on Oct 2, 19 9:35 AM
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No wet use unless we get sewers.
By metsfan2 (163), southampton on Oct 2, 19 1:43 PM
I don't know exactly what that means.. but okay.
By Rich Morey (378), East Hampton on Oct 2, 19 3:54 PM
No wet use means no commercial use sinks, etc like would be needed for an eating establishment.
By bird (829), Sag Harbor on Oct 2, 19 4:15 PM
I remember an Esso station there. Never a dealership.
By Draggerman (955), Southampton on Oct 3, 19 11:03 AM
I'd be willing to bet there's a significant amount of soil contamination under that building considering it was an auto repair facility for however many years. Probably contributing in part to the disaster that is Lake Agawam.
By Enviro Guy (55), Southampton on Oct 3, 19 12:27 PM
A future coffee shop -- once regulations about wet use can be met-- with a couple of outdoor tables and poetry readings and/or strolling musicians?
Used to live around the corner from this, on Culver Street. Cheers!
By Pianofest (4), East Hampton NY on Oct 3, 19 2:19 PM
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No Variances to help pollute southampton. Computer shop, retail or REAL ESTATE. Need one more.
BUT, who can afford the RENT???
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Oct 3, 19 7:13 PM
The supply of retail property far exceeds current demand. The only demand not being met on the entire east end is moderate priced rental housing.

But good luck with that; it just makes too much sense.
By VOS (1241), WHB on Oct 11, 19 6:32 PM