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Apr 28, 2016 4:41 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Wainscott Bowling Alley Project May Be Approved Next Week

The East Hampton Town Planning Board voted to override Suffolk County Planning Commission conditions on the approval of a bowling alley and sports bar at the site of East Hampton Indoor Tennis in Wainscott. LAURA WEIR
May 3, 2016 12:09 PM

The bowling alley proposed at East Hampton Indoor Tennis in Wainscott could get final approval by next week after the East Hampton Town Planning Board voted last Wednesday to ignore a recommendation from the Suffolk County Planning Commission for additional analysis of traffic the facility may cause on a nearby residential roadway.

The board agreed, unanimously, to override the request for the traffic analysis, with all the board members expressing the view that the bowling alley would be very unlikely to cause a substantial increase in car traffic on South Breeze Drive, the street the Planning Commission had singled out in its review of the project.

“This is a very lightly used road. I don’t think it’s necessary to require the applicant to do this,” said board member Diana Weir, who had implied earlier this week that the Planning Commission had singled out the road because one of its members lives off South Breeze Drive.

During its review of the application this past winter the Planning Board and Town Planning Department had decided not to require EHIT owner Scott Rubenstein to pay to have a traffic study conducted for the potential impacts of the proposed bowling alley. Board members noted, in that respect, that the request from the county would amount to conducting a partial study.

In order to set aside the county commission’s recommendation, the seven-member board had to vote to override it by a supermajority of five members. In the end, all seven voted in favor of ignoring the county request.

“I don’t see how there could be a traffic problem up there on South Breeze,” board member Job Potter said. “I think we should override this.”

The board could vote to give the project—a 10-lane bowling alley, miniature golf course and 200-seat indoor/outdoor sports bar connected to the existing EHIT facilities— the go-ahead at its meeting next Wednesday, May 11.

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