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Feb 12, 2019 4:27 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

The Spur Announces New East Hampton Space As Southampton Flagship Remains On Hold

The Spur Founder Ashley John Heather points to a rendering of what the exterior of the building at 630 Hampton Road will look like once complete. PRESS FILE
Feb 13, 2019 11:14 AM

Expansion efforts brought highs and lows for the Spur, a private club that offers shared workspace for local entrepreneurs, as executives announced a new East Hampton space while tackling construction setbacks at the club’s upcoming flagship location in Southampton Village.

In a press release on Tuesday, the Spur's founder, Ashley John Heather, revealed that the new location, dubbed "Spur East" will operate out of a venue space known as The 324 at 44 Three Mile Harbor Road in East Hampton, formerly a nightclub. The East Hampton Spur location is expected to be ready to open by mid-March.

Mr. Heather said that the expansion provides a closer geographic option to members living farther east, in East Hampton, Amagansett and Montauk, and will be a “mirror image” of the current 5,000-square-foot location in Southampton Village.

It will have a lounge area, co-working spaces, full bar, a restaurant and a large event space, he said.

“What makes The Spur and their expansion plans truly exciting, is that rather than the de-facto ‘lets meet at Starbucks’ to discuss ideas and business, people finally now have a venue that is specifically designed and geared especially for them," Frank Cilione, the owner of the East Hampton property that the Spur is going to lease, said in the release.

As for the new Southampton Village building, at a former car dealership at 630 Hampton Road, just over a mile away from the current spot, construction is at a standstill. The Village Planning Board requested submission of a revised site plan in September, and the application is still before the board. The application is also being considered by the Zoning Board of Appeals, as variances are needed for the plan.

Chris Talbot, the village building inspector, said that construction will not move forward until the village boards give the necessary approvals, and added that the Spur is currently seeking approval from the Suffolk County Health Department as well.

To further the delays, there was a dispute between Mr. Heather and the general contractor, Southampton Village-based DeVito and Company, which caused the firm to step back the project. Owner Frank DeVito sent a letter to the village building department on January 1 stating that his company would no longer be doing business with the Spur. The firm then removed the construction fencing surrounding the property.

RLW4 Builders LLC, a construction company based in Tuckahoe, was selected as the new general contractor, but the deal has not yet been finalized, RLW4 President Buddy Wines said.

The owner of the Hampton Road property, Bruce Lewin of BRL Hampton Road LLC, leases the space to the Spur. He said he would allow the group to continue development on the property “as long as they pay their rent.” When asked if the Spur was meeting the terms of its lease agreement, Mr. Lewin had no comment.

“I wish I can say more, but I have some issues that I have to deal with,” he said.

In December, the Spur was awarded a $500,000 state grant through the Regional Economic Development Council for the development of this new 15,000-square-foot building on the 1.5-acre property. It will feature individual and collaborative work spaces, a wellness center and a restaurant for its members.

“The village on a whole wants to make sure this thing gets done. It’s kind of an eyesore,” Mr. Talbot said. “Redevelopment of an existing site is always good.”

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Fyre Festival.
By pizzaman (1), Water Mill on Feb 12, 19 5:41 PM
Great location.. no more crappy pop up restaurants and nuisance clubs.
By harbor (384), East Hampton on Feb 12, 19 7:06 PM
Great idea! A space like that is needed. Best of luck
By Moral Dolphin (38), Southampton on Feb 13, 19 1:17 AM
Are any governmental approvals needed for this use in the EH location, like the Planning Board, ZBA, or a building permit? Or is the proposed use completely consistent with the prior use, and is thus "as of right?"

Sounds like "eyes-wide-open" did not exactly happen in Southampton Village IMO.
By PBR (4895), Southampton on Feb 13, 19 6:56 AM
How do you start a construction project this visible without the proper permits? $500,000 state grant to develop an eye sore is great networking by Mr. Heather. However to have an advantage like that, it should be something that gets paid back when he gets going, even it's slowly but surely.
By Mets fan (1353), Southampton on Feb 13, 19 5:15 PM
Finally, someone with a vision toward business development. As a resident of East Hampton, this is a great beginning to drawing entrepenours out of their homes and into a public space. East Hampton should fast track this project.
By ammills (17), east hampton on Feb 14, 19 11:34 AM
I challenge any of the Spur's members to explain what the Spur actually is.
By SlimeAlive (1102), Southampton on Feb 15, 19 6:39 AM