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Jan 6, 2010 11:06 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Village moves forward with implementing vision plan

Jan 6, 2010 11:06 AM

The Southampton Village Planning Commission has selected Ehrenkrantz Eckstut & Kuhn Architects to revamp the architectural design and zoning guidelines in the village code to help bring to life the village’s master plan, a document the firm also wrote.

The Southampton Village Board will decide whether to officially hire the firm for the work at the board’s meeting on Thursday, January 14. Southampton Village Planning Commission Chairman Siamak Samii said he and the rest of the six-member Planning Commission selected the company’s proposal from four others late last year.

Ehrenkrantz Eckstut & Kuhn Architects, which has offices in Manhattan, will be starting to tweak and rewrite the design and zoning guidelines this month if it gets the Village Board’s approval, Mr. Samii said. He declined to state how much it will cost to hire the firm until the board of trustees votes, but Village Clerk Stephen Funsch said the work is estimated to cost about $100,000. The master plan cost the village about $93,000

The changes the firm will make to the design and zoning guidelines will focus on the village’s business district and encourage builders and developers to keep a historical feel to the village. The firm will also survey existing land uses in the village and suggest how they can be improved, according to a copy of the request for proposals the planning commission made public in September.

Mr. Samii said that he expects it will take the firm about five to six months to complete the changes to the guidelines.

The Planning Commission has lauded the looks of Jobs Lane and South Main Street, and would like to see the variegated building heights common along those thoroughfares throughout the rest of the village business district.

Some of the key objectives of the master plan were to preserve the history of the village, maximize opportunities for walking, maintaining a year-round focus, and improving the handling of storm water.

Jessica DiNapoli

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is this a local firm? It says they have offices in Manhattan> Seems like an extreme waste of money right now
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Jan 12, 10 4:27 PM
Gee, I don't remember the Board always hiring from up west. With all the talent living and doing business there in Southampton I should think they could hire locally.
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on Jan 13, 10 3:17 PM
The Village sent out an RFP (request for proposal) over a year ago. Several firms made presentations to a panel. E E &K were selected in that process. I happened to be on that panel and I would say from the info I got personally the vote was pretty much unanimous. One major reason an "outside" firm had gotten my vote was becase they came in totally objective. They wanted us, the village people to tell them what we wanted out of this. I can't speak for the rest of the panel but that gave them the ...more
By Bob Schepps (77), Southampton on Jan 14, 10 10:38 AM