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Apr 29, 2019 5:42 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Bridgehampton Child Care Center Plans To Build New Administration Building

A rendering of the proposed administration building. COURTESY SIAMAK SAMII
Apr 30, 2019 11:41 AM

The Bridgehampton Child Care Center is hoping to secure approvals to begin ripping down its administration building to replace it with a new two-story structure.

Executive Director Bonnie Cannon said that the proposal—which calls for a 7,239-square-foot building, complete with a full basement for storage—will provide more than double the current space.

Wayne Bruyn, an attorney with O’Shea, Marcincuk & Bruyn in Southampton, who is representing the center, said that, currently, more than five people share a room in the center’s offices. He added that the expansion is not intended to house additional staff but rather to accommodate the existing employees. “They’re all on top of each other,” he said.

Ms. Cannon said that the center employs eight year-round employees and hires an additional four to five seasonal camp counselors during the summer. “It’s more than time,” she said of the expansion.

The proposed building would be situated in the same location as the existing 2,000-square-foot building, according to Mr. Bruyn. He said that in order to accommodate the increased size, site plans include eliminating one of the parking lot’s access points.

Currently, the center has a circular parking lot, with a separately designated entrance and exit; however, according to Ms. Cannon, the configuration causes confusion among visitors. Under the proposal, the southern entrance would be expanded to allow two-lane traffic to enter and exit the site. “It’s going to be better for everyone,” she said.

The re-designed parking lot will be in the current parking lot’s location. It will have 18 parking spots, according to Mr. Bruyn, who met with the Southampton Town Planning Board earlier this month to begin the building permit process. He said that the center is not seeking any variances from the town to complete the project.

The biggest obstacle, he said, is obtaining Suffolk County Health Department approvals. He explained that with the new structure proposed, the Health Department will assess the 6-acre property as a whole, including the space for children. The department may increase the scope of the project to include new or upgraded septic systems “that have nothing to do with our project,” Mr. Bruyn said.

Following his recommendation, the center hired Raynor Marks & Carrington, a land surveyor in Quogue, to assess the property prior to seeking Health Department approvals. The business’s owner, Floyd Carrington, could not be immediately reached for comment on Monday.

According to Southampton Town Planning records, the first floor of the proposed building will house a computer room, separate executive offices, one classroom, and an outdoor porch. The second floor includes another classroom, a multipurpose room, conference room, and additional offices. The basement would be used mainly for storage.

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