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May 10, 2018 5:13 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Developers Behind Canoe Place Inn Project Plan To Break Ground On Townhouses In June

The developers behind the Canoe Place Inn project in Hampton Bays are expected to break ground next month. PRESS FILE
May 15, 2018 12:30 PM

Developers planning to build 37 townhouses on the eastern side of the Shinnecock Canal in Hampton Bays as part of the Canoe Place Inn restoration project are expected to secure the necessary approvals to break ground next month.

Last week, the Southampton Town Planning Board signed off on an updated site plan for the project by R Squared Development LLC, a division of Rechler Equity Partners LLC. It was the last hurdle to clear before securing the necessary permits from the Building Department to begin construction.

Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman said on May 10 that cousins Gregg and Mitchell Rechler, managing partners of Rechler Equity Partners, expect to be able to break ground on the project by mid-June.

Jim Morgo, spokesman for Rechlers, confirmed Mr. Schneiderman’s statement. “It definitely pushes things forward,” he said of the plans being signed.

The developer plans to build 37 townhouses on the eastern side of the canal and restore the old Canoe Place Inn, a former nightclub complex, on the western side, creating a new 25-room inn. Additionally, the developer plans to build a 1,900-square-foot clubhouse and a 300-seat catering hall on the 5.6-acre property on the west side of the canal.

Special zoning for the Canoe Place Inn was approved by the Town Board in January 2015. It had been set to expire on January 21, three years after its adoption, but the Town Board granted the Rechlers a two-year extension earlier this year.

At the time of the extension of the planned development district—a zoning option no longer in town code—several members of the Town Board noted that the developers have “acted in good faith,” even though significant work had not yet started on either property.

Some demolition and clearing work has been completed, but a May 2015 lawsuit filed by a group of homeowners called the “Shinnecock Neighbors,” who oppose the project, hindered the developers from securing the necessary Suffolk County Health Department and town building permits to move forward with any construction. Most of the complaints filed by the plaintiffs ultimately were dismissed by the courts.

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By HamptonDad (203), Hampton Bays on May 10, 18 11:28 PM
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Didn't the deal stipulate;ate that the inn had to be restored before the townhouses ?
By 27dan (2632), Shinnecock Hills on May 11, 18 12:01 AM
Less business, more density.
By Mr. Z (10998), North Sea on May 11, 18 1:07 AM
Dan is almost right - the deal is that work must take place simultaneously on both parcels and COs for the townhouses will be issued proportionally to benchmarks being completed on the Inn property.

Of course, no one really expects anyone in Town Hall to hold the Rechlers to the deal. Just wait - after the townhouses are virtually complete the developers will "suddenly" discover the Inn is too far gone for renovation. The fact that they have done nothing to protect and preserve the building ...more
By VOS (1170), WHB on May 11, 18 2:10 AM
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VOS, why are you so upset about this, is the Existing Inn really that good looking or really going make a difference to Hampton Bays, their is no Historical value. if they raise the structure and rebuild in the same style it will be a building that meets todays standards and will be lasting. Hampton Bays needs an upscale destination restaurant and that location would be ideal.

I for one, would really like to see the current eye sore demolished, Good for the Rechlers that they fought all ...more
By MMP (5), hampton bays on May 11, 18 7:13 AM
It's trash, but it's OUR trash!

Just kidding, knock the thing down already.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (5875), HAMPTON BAYS on May 11, 18 7:33 AM
VOS, could you explain why you are such a proponent of the Discovery land project but not the CPI ?
By 27dan (2632), Shinnecock Hills on May 11, 18 7:39 AM
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Very simple - these are two different projects in two different areas of the town. I have read the entirety of both PDD applications and associated materials available online - has anyone else? Both projects have their pluses and minuses. I consider each individually rather than simply being pro development or against development. I see an historical value in the Inn even if it is not totally original - feel free to disagree.

The bigger question is why do so many NOT consider the ...more
By VOS (1170), WHB on May 11, 18 5:06 PM
Plus you're not on the Rechler's payroll and can speak the truth1
By bigfresh (4150), north sea on May 12, 18 4:45 PM
Hampton Bays need this to finish turning a corner its in the process of turning.
By Summer Resident (224), Southampton Town, NY on May 11, 18 8:26 AM
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Build baby Build!!! Let’s get this Going already.
By Tomjulie (43), Hampton Bays on May 11, 18 8:19 PM
hampton bays will not be held back any longer! it is the most beautiful hampton with the most beautiful water, no longer just were the help lives ! why don't you stick you aquatic center in the middle of sag harbor.we would have much rather had the golf resort., but instead you give us a pool where the slackers can congregate
By Erin 27 E (1178), hampton bays on May 11, 18 11:23 PM
Don't get me wrong, "Good Ground Greens" would have been nice, but golf is definitely a lazier sport than swimming.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (5875), HAMPTON BAYS on May 11, 18 11:28 PM
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Remember the old watch factory in Sag harbor? I think it was deemed a super fund that had to be environmentally cleaned up. Look at it now! The most important thing to me is appearance, and that it not be modern like the ultra-ugly modern stuff they build in Europe. Timeless is good, but modern would be inappropriate.
By pigroast (90), East Quogue on May 14, 18 9:17 AM
VOS, were u really suggesting that the developer should have spend money to beautify a structure that he wants to ultimately demolish. Im sure he would have accepted anybodies money to beautify the structures while he is waiting to get town approval to demolish them. The group that started a law suit to keep the buildings was also all talk, no-one stepped up to the plate with a check book.

will 37 new Condo owners in Hampton Bays really be a detriment to our community, is a catering ...more
By MMP (5), hampton bays on May 14, 18 5:31 PM
Don't you get it they don't want it improved, they like it the way it is. They don't want there taxes to go up while they secretly enjoy the best boating in the Hampton's. They do not want it discovered so they keep the surface ugly while they by $ 260.000 fishing boats and sneek out the back door.
By joe hampton (3299), The Hamptons on May 14, 18 8:00 PM
I am suggesting, even emphasizing, that by law the developer has an obligation to renovate the Canoe Place Inn simultaneously with the construction of the townhouses that were improperly permitted in the Resort Waterfront Business District.

It appears to me that you are unfamiliar with the requirements of the ill-advised PDD approved by the Town. Why should anyone be writing checks to the developer to get them to comply with their own agreement? They can't demolish it - they must rebuild ...more
By VOS (1170), WHB on May 15, 18 7:25 PM
I hope the Town will be more responsible with their inspections going forward. The initial demo was completed prior to erosion control devices being placed. Down hill of the entire site is the Canal.
By lonerider (2), hampton bays on May 15, 18 8:02 AM
I'm getting older and older and this project has no end!It started when I was way much younger!
By dany (28), Water Mill on May 20, 18 5:24 PM
Passed by today and still nothing going on at the work site ???
By Ditch Bum (738), Water Mill on Jun 22, 18 11:34 PM
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