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Aug 15, 2018 10:34 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Town Plans To Purchase The Bel-Aire Cove Motel In Hampton Bays For Redevelopment

Southampton Town offials are looking to purchase the Bel Aire Cove Motel in Hampton Bays so they can knock it down and build condominiums. DANA SHAW
Aug 15, 2018 11:04 AM

Southampton Town officials are poised to purchase the Bel-Aire Cove Motel in Hampton Bays and expect to demolish the building and prepare it for resale—a deal that is the first of its kind for the town.

Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman said the town offered to purchase the property for $1,060,000 through the town’s community development program. Once purchased, he said, the town would tear down the motel and obtain the necessary permits for redevelopment. At that point, the town would put the property up for auction, selling to the highest bidder.

“If we put in a little more than $1 million, the money the town spends, I believe, will be recouped when it goes to auction,” Mr. Schneiderman said. “This is the first time doing something like this, where the town is coming in to address a blighted situation directly by purchasing and selling it.”

Calls to Jagannath Jayaswal, whose family owns the two-story, 19-room motel, were not immediately returned.

The Bel-Aire Cove Motel has had a checkered past and has been cited for numerous code violations over the past few years.

In 2016, a study conducted and paid for by the Concerned Citizens of Hampton Bays alleged that the Shinnecock Road motel was responsible for elevated levels of fecal coliform, nitrogen and added ammonia found in the canal it sits on, which connects to Shinnecock Bay. At the time, fecal coliform levels were found to be at 200 mpn—an abbreviation for “most probable number”—per 100 milliliters, as per the study; fecal coliform should stay below 70 mpn per 100 milliliters, according to environmentalists.

The motel was also found to be in violation of several safety issues in October 2017—including bedbug and roach infestations, electrical violations, non-functioning smoke detectors, and overcrowding. It also has been charged that the motel operators illegally rent rooms on a long-term basis, and that the property has overflowing septic systems.

Mr. Schneiderman said if the purchase goes through as planned, the buyer would have to install a nitrogen-reducing septic system, since it sits directly on the water.

He also said the property would not be converted into affordable housing, but instead could possibly become a co-op space or condominium unit with eight units spread between two buildings, lowering the current density.

The property has been on the market for a while, Mr. Schneiderman said, and numerous people from the private sector who were interested in it failed to purchase the building because it does not conform with local zoning, and developers may fear difficulty in obtaining permits to redevelop the property.

“The town will go through the permitting process, and then we’ll sell the property with the permits in place,” he said. “Once the permits are in place, it will be a competitive auction.

“We will make it more conforming than it is,” he added.

A public hearing on the matter will be held at 6 p.m. on September 25 at Town Hall in Southampton.

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So, private sector building professionals are dissuaded from navigating the Town's permitting process-by design, so the the town decides to use this leverage to create a Town developing corporation using public funds.

If a "2016, a study conducted and paid for by the Concerned Citizens of Hampton Bays alleged that the Shinnecock Road motel was responsible for elevated levels of fecal coliform, nitrogen and added ammonia", why wouldn't the Town use the CPF money to preserve the land, rather ...more
By theprogram (37), east quogue on Aug 15, 18 12:23 PM
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If the lot is converted into 8 units of vacation housing, then the property contributes taxes without adding students to the school district. Cpf purchase probably next best alternative. The motel is a nightmare and we should all be happy it is going away.
By Bayman (38), Hampton Bays on Aug 15, 18 9:54 PM
Another bad deal JAY. Why is the TOWN buying it??? Sounds like the Lobster Inn DEAL... SMELLS.
Yes it is a dump, should have it's operating license revoked...
By knitter (1604), Southampton on Aug 15, 18 2:27 PM
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Good riddance
By Fernie11946 (10), Hampton Bays on Aug 15, 18 2:45 PM
Good riddance
By Fernie11946 (10), Hampton Bays on Aug 15, 18 2:45 PM
It nice to be a wannabee businessman using taxpayer dollars and a rigged system to get the necessary permits. Town officials think that the role of government is to make money, and if they fail, so what? We have unlimited funds. What a joke. Meanwhile, you can't get leaves picked up or easily bring garbage to a recycling facility. Bad
By The Real World (352), southampton on Aug 15, 18 3:35 PM
... why wasn't the Lobster Inn property a competitive auction?
By William Rodney (525), southampton on Aug 15, 18 3:41 PM
...might make a nice park...
By bird (755), Sag Harbor on Aug 15, 18 4:17 PM
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They attempted to auction the Ellis Squires house in HB and no one bid. It is currently sitting and rotting. What is the alternate plan if no one bids on this one?

There was a problem here and instead of enforcing the laws they buy the dump?
By bb (852), Hampton Bays on Aug 15, 18 4:42 PM
Hey, anything to get rid of it. They're going to knock it down so worse case is that we'll end up with a vacant piece of land. Next, get rid of the guy that has a garage sale on his property almost every day and this area will be very attractive. HB on the rise!!
By HamptonDad (193), Hampton Bays on Aug 15, 18 7:46 PM
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SHTB should just enforce the code and laws. Simple. The slush fund called CPF will get the town into trouble.

The Hampton Bays School district needs to bring their case of the dumping on the schools to return funds to the taxpayers.
By Hamptonsway (37), Southampton on Aug 15, 18 8:50 PM
It’s not a perfect solution but it does deal with a most egregious situation. Over twenty children live there now in unsafe and unhealthy conditions. Once the town
Has permits in place I feel they will receive many bids for the property.
By HB salvation (13), Hampton bays on Aug 15, 18 10:00 PM
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Not even sure how to react to this.

Why is the Town in the development business? Why does Jay think this a good idea?
By Draggerman (860), Southampton on Aug 15, 18 11:53 PM
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I applaud the town For taking the initiative To purchase a blighted problematic property And then going through The process To bring it to highest and best use for resale to someone that will execute a plan that the town feels will enhance the area and quality of life for the area.

Great Work Jay!
By Summer Resident (223), Southampton Town, NY on Aug 16, 18 1:39 AM
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The problem that the town has that makes it not competitive is that bylaw ut has to use prevailing wage contractors, where the private sector does not. The east being largely not union does have the excessive labor costs that others struggle with. So the people who will make a good part of the profit are the contractors cleaning it up. Did the town "back into" the project like a developer does? Meaning do they know what they can sell it for w/permits and ready to build?? Thats the nly way to proceed ...more
By North Sea Citizen (516), North Sea on Aug 16, 18 6:19 AM
Wow. I apologize to HBProud and everyone else I argued with about the HB school board suing the Town. I am fully corrected. Obviously, the way to get Supervisor Schneiderman to act is to use an up island attorney to file a nasty lawsuit. Complaints from common citizens will be ignored unless and until a nasty civil litigator from outside the good ol' boys at Town Hall is hired. Point taken.
By dfree (653), hampton bays on Aug 16, 18 7:51 AM
Is the HB school board suing the town? There is NO suit, only a notice.

HBSB must move forward with suit. They need to communicate the status of this important action to return about 10 million dollars to the tax payers.

Next suit against the SHTB is their claim of placing a waste treatment facility within a residential area of Hampton Bays.

Hampton Bays needs to fight back on such illegal activity by SHTB.
By ZGerry (36), Hamptons on Aug 16, 18 1:07 PM
Sounds like a done deal with Jay handing the property over to one of his cronies with permit in place. Lobster Inn type deal again...
By knitter (1604), Southampton on Aug 16, 18 11:23 AM
so let me understand this - for years members of the Town Administration - Jay Schneiderman, Kyle Collins, Julie Lofstad, Stan Glinka told members of the community that they were working with private developers to make sure that they could get their permits and "any day" there would be a deal to sell the the Bel Aire to a developer. They guaranteed us that it would be "upscale". What changed? Which is the lie? At this point, I believe nothing the Town Administration says. My former boss used ...more
By G.A.Lombardi (327), Hampton Bays on Aug 17, 18 7:47 AM
Just lies, no such a thing like overcrowded or fecal waste, town has been bullying those people just because the concerned citizens thing manages them, not even twenty kids going school, I can see them takin the bus and is only two, they are my neighbors, don’t even know the names but clearly town is doing businesses with people’s money to have properties sitted like the old motel at 33 West tiana Rd, which has been left for many years is just a thing like this little group of people ...more
By Hampton Bays concerned citize. (1), Hampton bays on Aug 17, 18 10:44 AM
I don't believe that the conditions reported are lies. The conditions have been memorialized in legal documents, certified professional analysis and the residents themselves. What is potential "fake news" is what the Town Administration has been doing for at least the last 3 years regarding this and similar properties and what their actual intent is for this property.
By G.A.Lombardi (327), Hampton Bays on Aug 17, 18 3:28 PM
love it when the subject of the story comments on the article! It's just too bad that you were not able to ever improve this property.
By adlkjd923ilifmac.aladfksdurwp (613), southampton on Aug 23, 18 10:46 AM
The conditions reported at the Bel Aire Cove were reported by the town’s head of Code enforcement in the paper. Anyone can FOIL the notice of violations issued to the premises and no one contended that twenty children went to school from motel but at various times approximately twenty minors live there.
By HB salvation (13), Hampton bays on Aug 18, 18 10:23 PM