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Sep 20, 2016 3:34 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Developer Moving Forward With Plans For New Building On Main Street In Westhampton Beach

The property at 145 Main Street in Westhampton Beach being considered for a new building. BY ERIN MCKINLEY
Sep 25, 2016 5:05 PM

A local developer wants to finally move forward with plans to construct a new two-story building on Main Street in Westhampton Beach, possibly before the end of the year.

Barry Bernstein of Remsenburg, who owns BMB Enterprises, refiled an application earlier this month with the Westhampton Beach Planning Board seeking to construct a 4,550-square foot commercial building on the nearly half-acre lot that sits on corner of Library Avenue and Main Street—where a new park with benches was recently created by the village.

The first floor would measure roughly 3,050 square feet and include space for both a restaurant and retail shop. The approximately 1,500-square-foot second floor would feature offices.

Mr. Bernstein, who has owned the lot at 145 Main Street for little more than a decade, said he would like to break ground by November. He intends to discuss his plan with the Village Planning Board during its next meeting tonight, Thursday, September 22, beginning at 5 p.m. at Village Hall.

“We are very excited to move forward,” Mr. Bernstein said when reached this week. “We feel this is the right time for the project.”

Mr. Bernstein noted that he has pitched similar plans in the past but that they were stalled by the faltering economy. Now, he said, he is ready to move forward.

The lot once housed a gas station that was forced to close after officials learned that fuel had leaked into the ground. The property, which is zoned for business, has since been remediated and cleared by the State Department of Environmental Conservation for new development.

Last year, Westhampton Beach Village officials signed a two-year lease for the land, for a total cost of $10, allowing them to remove a wood fence that had encircled the property so they could clean it up and use it as a temporary park. The village spent about $3,000 to remove vegetation, dump and spread top soil, seed the lot and install benches.

As part of the agreement, Mr. Bernstein retained the right to cancel the lease at any time so long as he agreed to refund the $10 and any upgrade fees to the village.

Westhampton Beach Mayor Maria Moore said that as of earlier this week the village had not yet been contacted about Mr. Bernstein’s interest in breaking the lease. She did note, however, that she expects to get an update on the application soon from the Planning Board.

As for Mr. Bernstein, he said he has several options for both the restaurant and retail spaces—though he does not have any tenants lined up yet.

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looks like a pressure play for one or two entities in the Village to write a check. Lets see who comes forward first or will the Mayor handle it at the dinner table after consulting with her benefactor.
By realistic (472), westhampton on Sep 21, 16 3:39 PM
Lol. He's owned it for 10 years but decided to develop it after the town spruced it up.

Who remediated the fuel in the soil?
By btdt (449), water mill on Sep 25, 16 6:51 PM