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Aug 5, 2014 3:48 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

East Deck Motel In Montauk May Become A Private Club

Aug 5, 2014 4:25 PM

The iconic East Deck Motel on Ditch Plains Beach in Montauk may soon become an exclusive spot for membership-paying visitors.

The motel’s new owners, a limited liability company whose principals are Lars Svanberg and Scott Bradley, submitted an application to the East Hampton Town Planning Board in July to repurpose the motel into a private 179-member beach club called the East Deck, Montauk.

The plan is to use the existing motel buildings but remove all of the existing accessory structures. They would be replaced with a new swimming pool, decking and a gate house. Also, new landscaping would be placed on the 4-acre parcel, according to the application.

Members will be able to swim in the pool, which will be decorated with sparkling “star lights” in its floor. They can also marvel at a water fountain that would shoot jets of illuminated water streams from the ground, or access Ditch Plains Beach by walking down a path that starts on the club’s property.

The limited liability company, ED40, plans to add locker rooms, cabanas, a hot tub, showers, a restaurant, a game room, an exercise room and spa, and areas to lounge in.

The application states that the facility would not be open to the public and would operate on a seasonal basis, from May to October, and be open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The applicants don’t expect much traffic to be added to the area. According to a traffic study done by Greenman Pedersen of Babylon, the surrounding road network can fully accommodate the projected peak traffic volumes that would be generated as well as what already exists. The study said deliveries would only be made by vans during off-peak hours.

ED40 moved in approximately 6,000 cubic yards of sand to form a new bluff crest this past winter and revegetated the dune as well.

“We have taken care to design a project that complies with the town’s dune crest and tidal wetland setbacks,” the application states.

Attorney Richard Hammer is representing ED40 but declined to comment on the application.

Planning Board Chairman Reed Jones is expecting a lot of public interest with this application.

“It will be an ambitious plan, and I have seen the basic renderings,” he said on Friday. “We look forward to the application being scheduled for review.”

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