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Jun 8, 2016 11:42 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Canoe Place Inn Developers Expect To Finalize Design Of Permeable Reactive Barrier By This Fall

The developers behind the Canoe Place Inn planned development district, slated for the eastern side of the Shinnecock Canal, expect a final design for a permeable reactive barrier to be completed by September. The PRB would filter nitrates from groundwater before they enter the canal and Shinnecock Bay. PRESS FILE
Jun 8, 2016 1:12 PM

The developers behind the Canoe Place Inn planned development district in Hampton Bays expect to have a design for a permeable reactive barrier—a new technology that is supposed to treat contaminated groundwater—approved by the fall.

The permeable reactive barrier, or PRB, is a groundwater filtration system that relies on carbon-based organic material—such as mulch, wood chips and vegetable oil—to filter and remove harmful nitrates from the soil. The developers of the Canoe Place Inn property, cousins Gregg and Mitchell Rechler of Plainview-based Rechler Equity Partners, announced last year that they chose that particular technology for their project.

Their PRB, which will installed on the western side of the Shinnecock Canal, and near the boarded-up inn, will be 950 feet long and 6 feet deep, and will come with an estimated price tag of $330,000, according to the developers.

Gregg Rechler explained this week that his firm is continuing to work with Massachusetts-based Lombardo Associates, the group installing the system, on the site plan for the buried barrier, which still has to be approved by the Southampton Town Planning Board. He added that the exact location of the PRB has not yet been determined.

“We’re moving forward with the entire site plan review process,” Mr. Rechler said. “We’re just working with [Southampton Town] and the Planning Board throughout the summer.

“I think everything’s moving pretty smoothly,” he continued, adding that he hopes the site plan will be approved by September.

The PRB should be installed near the soon-to-be-restored original Canoe Place Inn, which will be transformed into a 25-room inn with separate guest cottages. A 300-seat catering hall is also planned for the 5.6-acre property. Additionally, the Rechlers have approval to build 37 townhouses on the eastern bank of the canal as part of the same project.

According to an April 22 Canoe Place Inn site characterization report, which was prepared by Lombardo Associates and details groundwater conditions on the western property, eight water monitoring wells were installed on-site in August. The data now being collected will help establish baseline conditions for determining the how beneficial the PRB will be.

Kevin McAllister, president and founder of the advocacy group Defend H2O, wrote in an email this week that after examining the report, it appears the monitoring wells were installed in the correct areas. He added that the water now needs to be tested.

“There are high expectations for the PRB. The only way to know if it’s an effective tool in removing nitrogen is to test the waters,” Mr. McAllister wrote. “What’s key will be the locations of the sewage discharge and [PRB]. Three important locations to test—point of discharge, up-gradient of discharge and immediate down-gradient of the PRB. I’m cautiously optimistic, but the proof is in the pudding. Test, test and test.”

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.... test, test, test - all this nonsense should have been checked out before this project was approved. There is a chance that this thing might not work? Ridiculous.
By William Rodney (525), southampton on Jun 8, 16 11:58 AM
Hoping that the results in the end, will be positive for this beloved property.
By Hamptonsseashell (359), on Jun 8, 16 5:31 PM
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Looking forward to the CPI being restored. It will be fantastic for hampton bays.
By S.Gregory (2), hampton bays on Jun 8, 16 11:58 PM
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Who made Kevin McAllister so important? Sad that he is quoted and involved in this process. He is not elected. What, the project can only move forward if he says it is ok? The whole area has become a blight to the community. Either do it or don't, but something needs to get going.
By The Real World (352), southampton on Jun 9, 16 7:41 AM
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Kidding yourselves if you think this is going to prevent waste from leaching into the soil and entering the water - forget fishing in the canal used to be good for fluke - get the clothespins out to hold your nose closed as you use the canal to go from Great Peconic Bay to Shinnecock Bay - never mind about the shellfish & fin fish impacted on both sides - and on into the ocean - oh yes - let's talk about traffic problems too? Long after the builders have packed up and taken their profits and the ...more
By Vikki K (487), Southampton on Jun 9, 16 3:42 PM