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Nov 21, 2016 1:19 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Tupper Boat House Repairs Will Depend On Soil Test

The Tupper Boathouse in North Sea.  DANA SHAW
Nov 22, 2016 11:54 AM

With grant money secured for a project targeting the historic landmark Tupper Boat House in North Sea, Southampton Town officials are moving forward to see if repairing it will be possible.

At a recent work session, the Southampton Town Board approved $22,325 worth of soil tests to see if the Tupper Boat House can be lifted. Without the type of soil that can support the building’s weight, the town cannot move forward with raising the structure, which would bring planned repairs to a halt, according to Town Councilman John Bouvier.

The Tupper Boat House, at Conscience Point in North Sea, was built between 1929 and 1931 as a workshop for the Tupper Motorcraft boat company—and was later converted into an infamous nightclub and bar. Southampton Town purchased the property in 2003 and in 2014 was awarded more than $450,000 in federal Superstorm Sandy grant money to renovate the building. Last spring, the Town Board declared the building a historic landmark and began to work to preserve the boathouse, which had been damaged in the storm.

The town recently received $375,000 in additional federal grants to do an archaeological study, design the foundation, prepare construction documents and hire contractors to raise the structure. According to Mr. Bouvier, the cost of lifting the boathouse will be approximately $800,000, with an estimated $1.4 million in additional repairs still needed after that. However, those numbers are preliminary until the town receives the results of the soil investigation.

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What are the towns plans for the boat house? Before they spend good money...
By knitter (1604), Southampton on Nov 21, 16 9:04 PM
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The Lizzie Grubman Boat House...the problem is that the town buys these properties and then they don't do anything with them letting them sit for many years. They become dilapidated. Then the cost of repair becomes too much and they will probably tear it down replacing it with nothing. Same thing is happening with the Neptune's property. Same thing happened to Hot Dog Beach and Sand Bar Beach. These properties are not being used by the town and in need of repair.
By Jaws (239), Amity Island on Nov 22, 16 9:00 PM
Not only are they not used, but they no longer generate tax income.
By dnice (2342), Hampton Bays on Nov 22, 16 9:54 PM
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The CPF does seem to do some transactions with somewhat of a clandestine back-door mannerism. Sometimes paying far more than what a market value is, offering far less in other cases. And buying these existing buildings with minimal open space and letting them fall apart to the point of demolition might be just another way of buying peace from commercial interests, not the "open space for clean water" protocol the CPF was promoted as before its inception.
By Funbeer (253), Southampton on Nov 23, 16 2:33 AM
Only in the Hamptons would it cost $2.2 million to repair a tiny boat house. Insanity
By even flow (808), East Hampton on Nov 23, 16 4:52 AM
It's not all that tiny--it's quite a large building, actually I wouldn't see why the soil coudln't support the structure, I also wouldn't see why the building coudn't simply be taken apart and put back together again. It's pretty much an old barn, after all, and those are disassembled and reassembled on a pretty regular basis.
By InnerBay (57), Southampton on Nov 24, 16 12:40 PM