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Jan 29, 2013 10:22 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Bridgehampton CAC Postpones Presentation On T.J. Maxx Expansion

Jan 30, 2013 9:12 AM

A presentation to the Bridgehampton Citizens Advisory Committee about a potential expansion to the T.J. Maxx store in Bridgehampton Commons on Montauk Highway has been put off until February. Members of the CAC had to cancel the group’s monthly meeting on Monday because there was a mix-up with a room reservation at the Bridgehampton National Bank.

The informal presentation was to be given by Richard Warren of Inter-Science Research Associates, an environmental planning and development consultant contracted by Kimco Realty Corporation, the company that owns Bridgehampton Commons.

Mr. Warren declined to discuss the plans publicly prior to presenting them to CAC members.

According to CAC members, the potential expansion would be to the back of the T.J. Maxx building to allow for more retail space inside the store.

The group’s members said they have not seen any details about the proposed expansion, and would hold any concerns they had until they could see the plans.

“I think the Kimco development has been a good neighbor,” said Jeff Mansfield, vice-chairman of the CAC. “If they expand out the back, that is dead space, and if it can be used to give the people of Southampton Town who shop at T.J. Maxx a better variety and selection of goods, I am all for it.”

CAC Secretary Alejandro Saralegui said there are just a few questions he has about the area around the building.

“Our concerns would be parking,” he said, noting that the parking lots at Bridgehampton Commons fill up quickly in the summer. “I’m curious to know what will happen to the back road. In my mind, it’s very underutilized. It would behoove us to make that more useful.”

The presentation is now slated to be heard at the CAC’s next meeting on Monday, February 25, at 7 p.m. at the Bridgehampton National Bank in Bridgehampton.

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