Saunders, Real Estate, Hamptons

4 Comments by Dale Nicholl

Southampton Town Board Ready To Make Decision On Canoe Place Inn Plan

There is an old saying, you can't keep doing the same thing and expect different results. Since the 1960s the town has been making decisions that favor residential expansion in Hampton Bay.s While they close resort destination after resort destination. Now the economy and our business owners are suffering. The once lively resort scene has moved to Montauk. If the town wants to revive the economy of Hampton Bays they must say no to rezoning and commit themselves to the type of development that brings tourists to town. Sure I would like a rehabilitated CPI but not at the expense of more residential homes whether summer use only or year-round." Dec 11, 14 4:58 PM

The Rechlers claim they need the profits from 37 town houses on the east side of the Shinnecock Canal in order to rehabilitate, not restore, the Canoe Place Inn. That’s blackmail. They don’t need the profits, they WANT the profits, big ones. They should make a profit, that’s good business. But let them make it by building as of right. They knew what the zoning was when they bought those properties. It is Resort Waterfront Business, which includes, restaurants, hotel/motels, shops, marinas and other waterfront business, all things the public can enjoy. Is a 20th century building more important than the people’s enjoyment of the Shinnecock Canal, which has been designated an historic land mark by the State of NY? Will 37 new families, whether second homers or full time residents, provide more economic stimulus to Hampton Bays than destination businesses that will bring back, from Montauk, the lively tourist trade Hampton Bays once enjoyed. Google: CNN Small Towns that Made a Comeback. Not one of them did so by building a town house development They all did it by investing in destination shops, restaurants, lodging, historic landmarks, and museums as well as parks, bicycle paths, and pedestrian walkways. I too would like to see the CPI rehabilitated but not at the expense of preserving the public’s enjoyment of the Shinnecock Canal. A floating dock, in front of a private community, serviced by only 5 parking spaces, doesn’t do much for public enjoyment. Instead of trading hotel room units for 3 bedroom town houses, we should give those units to the CPI property so a hotel of significant stature can be built, thereby attracting business trade year-round. Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst has closed public discussion on rezoning. But you have until December 19, 2014 to make your wishes heard. You can email: sschermeyer@southamptontownny.gov and ask the town clerk to forward your opinion to the council members. " Dec 11, 14 5:02 PM

Southampton Town Board Approves CPI And Canal Development Project

Five parking spaces for the public is hardly public access. The comprehensive plan for the town calls for more water related activity on the canal, both active and passive, it calls for this because that is what brings people to a resort town. As long as the town makes decisions favoring private homes and more density, Hampton Bays will continue to go down hill. It is people who visit who pump money into the economy without taxing its resources. The idea that no one with children will ever live year round in a town house is absurd. " Jan 16, 15 11:13 AM

The people who don't want change are the ones who fought to save the CPI, a building from 1921 whose model as a 29 unit hotel and catering facility hasn't been viable since the 1960s. Those who are forward thinking are the ones who wanted development as of right as Resort Waterfront Business. We need to remember that the most lucrative project for a developer is condos, next town houses. Especially when a town allows them to trade one hotel unit for a 3 bedroom house! Now when you walk along the west side of the canal, the view of the east side of the canal will look like queens. There will be 7 3 story massive buildings where Tiderunners used to be. One, 10,000 square foot building will be 7 feet from the edge of the canal. Another 5 ft from the boat basin and another inches from the wetland buffer. This change of zone is nothing more than flatlining. The builders don't have to follow any of the normal zoning laws. They are building approximately 72,000 square feet where only 17,000 were permitted previously. These town houses will be 33.5 feet high. This is the same kind of progress Nassau and western Suffolk Counties went through in the 50s. Is that really what you want for Hampton Bays? " Jan 16, 15 11:33 AM