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Dec 4, 2018 6:02 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Work Begins On Canoe Place Inn Project In Hampton Bays

Work has begun on the Canoe Place Inn in Hampton Bays.     DANA SHAW
Dec 5, 2018 11:48 AM

Work officially began on a $110 million project to restore and renovate the former Canoe Place Inn in Hampton Bays on Monday.

The developers behind the project, cousins Gregg and Mitchell Rechler of Rechler Equity Partners, plan to build 37 townhouses on the eastern side of the Shinnecock Canal. Additionally, the restoration of the inn—a former nightclub complex located on the western side of the canal—will include a new 25-room inn, a 1,900-square-foot clubhouse and a 300-seat catering hall.

Both the townhouses, which are expected to be listed at prices starting at $1.5 million, and the old inn will be worked on simultaneously and are slated to be complete by 2020.

The project was ultimately approved by the Southampton Town Board in 2015 after the developer’s first iteration of the project met with fierce opposition from the community. Plans originally called for the demolition of the Canoe Place Inn. It was to be replaced by a 70 private condominiums.

The Rechlers went back to the drawing board after that and later—after meeting with community and town officials—came up with the new idea for the 5.6-acre property that saved the inn.

The president of the Hampton Bays Historical Society, Brenda Sinclair Berntson, who was instrumental in saving the old inn, said this week that she was looking forward to dancing at the grand opening. “Thanks to the Rechler cousins for rebuilding our history,” she said.

The Canoe Place Inn, originally built in the early 1700s, was used primarily as a stagecoach inn and also served as headquarters for British soldiers during the Revolutionary War. After it burned to the ground in 1921, nationally renowned architect William Lawrence Bottomley redesigned the inn as a four-story elegant location for galas and events like weddings and proms.

“We are very excited with the progress being made on both the Canoe Place Inn and Hampton Boathouses,” Gregg Rechler said in a prepared statement on Tuesday. “While changes to these sites will be exhilarating to witness, we’d like everyone to be mindful that renovating the Canoe Place Inn to its original significance is going to be a delicate process. Our commitment to transforming these properties into special places for the Hampton Bays community is unwavering.”

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Kudos to the Rechlers for their commitment to our community. The Hamptons Business Park in WHB continues to grow. The CPI project is destined to be a winner and a great enhancement to the Shinnecock area.
By Michael Jacobs (14), Westhampton Beach on Dec 4, 18 8:46 PM
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"President of the Hampton Bays Historical Society Brenda Sinclair Berntson, who was detrimental in saving the old inn..." Please get a dictionary, I really don't think you meant something as negative as "detrimental".
By Hampton Bays (14), hampton bays on Dec 4, 18 10:28 PM
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"Instrumental" most likely
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (7688), HAMPTON BAYS on Dec 5, 18 6:38 AM
Actually, I think detrimental is the more appropriate word here considering this fiasco
By CaptainSig (713), Dutch Harbor on Dec 5, 18 6:52 AM
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By Erin 27 E (1240), hampton bays on Dec 5, 18 7:33 AM
What a great day for Hampton Bays ! Congratulations

A very sincere thank you to the Rechlers for putting up with the crazies for 10 + years
By joe hampton (3396), The Hamptons on Dec 5, 18 7:50 AM
Thank god and these people who complain about everything please go away and let Hampton bays develop into what the rest of the Hamptons has done
By bigblue84 (89), Hampton Bays on Dec 5, 18 8:02 AM
Yes! An over-developed, overcrowded mess where regular people can no longer afford to live and only the rich have access to the waterfront. Let's continue doing that.
By eagleeye (81), Sag Harbor on Dec 5, 18 11:27 AM
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fool on the hill
Dec 5, 18 7:25 PM appended by They call me
No one owes "regular people" a water front view.
By They call me (2756), southampton on Dec 5, 18 7:25 PM
No but the Town Board is obligated to follow all of the comprehensive plans it's done for the last 40 years and this project is in violation of all of them. Because the rich always get what they want.
By eagleeye (81), Sag Harbor on Dec 6, 18 8:41 AM
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I think the key phrase here is "40 years" - no plan should last 40 years. Every long term plan should be re-evaluated every year. The fact that the TOS doesn't do that is incomprehensible to me. From my prospective, this project is long in coming and Hampton Bays needs this. This project's success will define the success of Hampton Bays.
By G.A.Lombardi (513), Hampton Bays on Dec 6, 18 8:50 AM
If you want Hampton Bays to stay run down and undiscovered from the curb side you could forget about it ... because "the rich" have already discovered it. As most of you know i am "in the business" and trust me all the investment $ are currently focusing on your little secret eagllee. but on the bright side your property values could triple in the next 36 months.
By joe hampton (3396), The Hamptons on Dec 6, 18 8:52 AM
I couldn't agree more that it will be a sign of success at last. Proud to say Hampton Bays is my home! Driving along Montauk Highway from the canal to 24 will be a heartwarming experience - especially if the Diner ever reopens!! The CPI will be a beautiful addition. The only negative I can see to all of this improvement is the traffic will double and we can't expand the roads. Next project Gail!!
By newresident (6), Hampton Bays on Dec 6, 18 1:22 PM
Property value increasing is great if you're interested in selling but not when your property taxes triple as well. That's actually the real concern of the "ordinary people". Everyone loves to see their town step up in both improvement and reputation. They hope to be able to afford to stay when it does!
By newresident (6), Hampton Bays on Dec 6, 18 1:27 PM
Would it surprise you as a "newresident" to learn that already problematic travel will be made worse and less safe by this project not simply because it may add vehicles to the mix but because the Rechlers have in some way managed to take public land from Suffolk County?

Access lanes for traffic entering Montauk Highway will be eliminated and the property on which they now exist will be granted to the developers for private use. Additional land on the eastern side of the canal will be ...more
By VOS (1224), WHB on Dec 6, 18 3:41 PM
VOS, I follow your comments since you seem very knowledgeable about the master plans. You seem to be a supporter of the Hills development in EQ, but not this project. The success of this project will be a benchmark for the revitalization of HB. Times have changed since the master plans. I don't remember the details of the road, but I think the objective is to make that intersection safer and the Rechlers were going to fund the reconstruction.
By G.A.Lombardi (513), Hampton Bays on Dec 6, 18 8:41 PM
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what are u talking about, wether rich or poor the existing structure was a major eyesore and its great to finally see work on it, regardless of the so-called violations,

do you really love driving by the property and enjoying the view of the mess.

if Hampton Bays gets discovered by the rich summer only residents that do not send their kids to school in HB, your school taxes will not
increase, we need more rich people in HB
By MMP (7), hampton bays on Dec 7, 18 6:15 PM
GA- Unfortunately, this project may put a shiny façade, satisfying some, on part of Hampton Bays but at the expense of tearing out its heart and soul. The Comprehensive Plan for the area may have originated long ago but it has been periodically updated, probably not often enough but it is much more current than some here would have you believe.

One of the most important points it has always held is that waterfront access and activities, public and private, are essential to the social ...more
By VOS (1224), WHB on Dec 9, 18 1:23 AM
IMO your still hiding somthing that is making you feel so negetive about somthing so good.
By 27dan (2776), Shinnecock Hills on Dec 9, 18 1:50 AM
VOS - I have gone through ALL of the master plans and studies for HB - they are many disconnects and implementation for whatever pieces they implemented has been bastardized beyond the point of recolonization. I don't believe that this project "tears out the heart of soul" of HB. We can agree to disagree.
By G.A.Lombardi (513), Hampton Bays on Dec 9, 18 10:50 AM
VOS I skimmed over your diatribe but have to remark on at least a few of the errors. When the Rechlers purchased the Inn the neighbors were upset about the nightclub that was operating there. They requested that the Rechlers be 'good neighbors' and stop renting it it. The Rechlers agreed. I am sure that neither the Town Board members then, the Rechlers or the community realized how long this would drag on for. Sometimes you get what you wish for. If it had been kept operational, the building ...more
By bb (907), Hampton Bays on Dec 9, 18 12:18 PM
What you call my errors appear to be your problems comprehending what I wrote or a deliberate attempt to mislead. I spoke of the Rechlers forcing out tenants on the east side of the canal only to have the property lay idle, look terrible and deteriorate.

You responded by talking about a single tenant on the west side and claim the developers acted as good neighbors in responding to unnamed neighbors who complained of that use. Some people will complain about anything whether based on ...more
By VOS (1224), WHB on Dec 9, 18 4:00 PM
Fully agree with your points, VOS is basically a chronic complainer, who seems to relic in postings (1139 posts) with no sense of business, or monetary knowledge

By MMP (7), hampton bays on Dec 10, 18 8:15 AM
I'm sorry, I didn't realize I was supposed to name the neighbors. Had you been at the various Board meetings where this was discussed you would have heard it from their own mouths.

The steakhouse was successful, & still is, but the various business before that were not. The old Altenkirch building was empty. Not sure you could consider that successful. The Tide Runners was a part time operation which was a problem in the neighborhood. I am sure if you contacted past board members they ...more
By bb (907), Hampton Bays on Dec 11, 18 4:47 PM
For the last time - the PDD documents show at least one building on property that has been owned by Suffolk County; that is a fact that you can verify by examining those documents as I have. Refer to the site plan and property lines before and after the PDD.

If that property has been transferred to the developers when did that happen and what were the terms? Was the property advertised for sale on the open market? What compensation has the developer paid or are we in the habit of simply ...more
By VOS (1224), WHB on Dec 12, 18 2:08 AM
If you want the specifics please contact the time board...they will have the answers to all of your questions. Is this what you are referring to?


I was unaware that you could sit in your home and find reference to noise complaints in the Town of Southampton. I am aware that had you attended the Board meeting you would have heard the complaints from the neighbors ...more
By bb (907), Hampton Bays on Dec 12, 18 1:00 PM
That one has very little detail, more is explained here:


You and I had had this same discussion, it appears, over three years ago and there still is very little detail and no clarity to the situation except that it is clear that the County was convinced to give this property to the Town which then intended or intends to give it to private developers. There also appears to ...more
By VOS (1224), WHB on Dec 12, 18 3:35 PM
OH, I see, you were enjoying the music so it doesn't matter that neighbors had to listen to blaring music week after week, month after month. Didn't bother you...must not have been a problem. LOL. Had you been at the board meetings you could have quizzed the neighbors and verified that there was actually a problem. I'm sure they'd have invited you to their homes to listen to the music along with the Town Board.

This property "issue' is buried so deeply that we both easily found articles ...more
By bb (907), Hampton Bays on Dec 13, 18 1:15 PM
There is a standard in the law for what sound level is acceptable and what is in violation of the noise ordinance. The law does not operate on the whims of an observer or two, it operates on specific standards. I find no record that noise levels were ever cited as being excessive at any of the shuttered businesses.

There is near universal agreement that Hampton Bays needs an injection of business customers in order to thrive. Business customers are not attracted by closing businesses. ...more
By VOS (1224), WHB on Dec 13, 18 3:33 PM
You are a font of common knowledge VOS. Yes, I, and most other residents, am well aware that there is a level of acceptable noise. When did I say that this was 'the whims of an observer or two'? This was a problem for years with the neighbors. I'm curious how you would know. Were you an owner of property in the area? Were you an owner of Tide Runners? An Employee? A code enforcement officer? Is there some listing somewhere where you can nose around and find out what noise complains have ...more
By bb (907), Hampton Bays on Dec 19, 18 6:24 PM
You seem to have a hard time with reading comprehension. I never said there was a county building on the property, I said " the PDD documents show at least one building on property that has been owned by Suffolk County." "ON PROPERTY that has been owned by Suffolk County." Yes, that's the community, as is the Town.

Obfuscate, divert all you want - some politicians conspired to give away public property to a private developer, and you don't seem to care. I have never heard of private ...more
By VOS (1224), WHB on Dec 20, 18 6:41 AM
I am truly thankful to the Rechlers for their investment in Hampton Bays. I wish them success.
By G.A.Lombardi (513), Hampton Bays on Dec 5, 18 11:21 AM
Eagle eye stay in sag harbor. Plenty of beach in Hampton bays for people to go to. If you can’t afford to live in Hampton bays to bad. Better then becoming Riverhead or Flanders.
By bigblue84 (89), Hampton Bays on Dec 5, 18 11:52 AM
Now if only the Bel Aire motel could be demolished without the crazies complaining about what will happen to the property. Anything is better that what is currently there.
By Fernie11946 (11), Hampton Bays on Dec 5, 18 1:57 PM
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The Bel-Aire should be vacated and demolished. Instead the supervisor has changed the conversation to whether it should be a motel, ice cream parlor or condos or affordable housing. The only way the community will be certain it will be vacated and demolished is if it is purchased with CPF - otherwise it could be worse than what is there. After 5 years and 70 adjournments, the Town board settled with the owners of Tiana Pines for 16 apartments.
By G.A.Lombardi (513), Hampton Bays on Dec 5, 18 2:31 PM
and the supervisor has also changed the conversation to be about one motel - what about all the others? See the latest press release about the code enforcement action.
By G.A.Lombardi (513), Hampton Bays on Dec 5, 18 2:37 PM
The New York Times
By Marcelle Sussman Fischler


Hampton Bays Builds Waterfront LuxuryA revitalized historic inn and a new luxury townhouse community on opposite banks of Long Island’s Shinnecock Canal are poised to bolster a resurgence in Hampton Bays ~ In the past two years, “Hampton Bays has been transitioning,” Mr. Rechler said, calling the onetime working-class area “the new Brooklyn to Manhattan.”

Price records here ...more
Dec 6, 18 9:02 AM appended by Erin 27 E
Price records here ...more are being set , said Enzo Morabito, an associate broker with Douglas Elliman, which has the Hamptons Boathouse listing. “The hipsters have discovered it,” he said. finally.......
By Erin 27 E (1240), hampton bays on Dec 6, 18 9:02 AM
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Is it just me, but the "more" doesn't show up "anymore".
By G.A.Lombardi (513), Hampton Bays on Dec 6, 18 9:11 AM
If you delete your cookies and cache you'll be able to fix it. What browser are you using? I'll try to provide more detailed instructions.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (7688), HAMPTON BAYS on Dec 6, 18 10:05 AM
Thanks for updating Erin.
By G.A.Lombardi (513), Hampton Bays on Dec 6, 18 10:08 AM
LOL - so I guess it is just me....I will update - thanks for the heads up.
By G.A.Lombardi (513), Hampton Bays on Dec 6, 18 10:11 AM
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Why is it that this storey came out on Dec. 4 and is already gone from the home page ? I almost missed it.

Also it has over 20 comments and is not listed on the most commented or the most read chart ???

Some Concern About Low Turnout For Town-Run Septic Rebates came out the day before and has 12 comments yet it shows up in the most commented ???
By 27dan (2776), Shinnecock Hills on Dec 6, 18 9:24 AM
Hot Tubs,SALE, Southampton Village, SouthamptonFest weekend