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Sep 20, 2016 3:24 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Wainscott Bowling Alley Construction To Move Forward Despite Legal Challenge

Sep 20, 2016 3:44 PM

Construction on the new bowling alley, miniature golf and sports bar at East Hampton Indoor Tennis in Wainscott will get under way this fall despite a looming lawsuit by neighbors challenging the approvals of the project.

EHIT owner Scott Rubenstein said he expects to start work on the project “on schedule” this fall, with a late 2017 opening date still on the calendar.

“In working with the town, both of us felt that the hard look was taken on traffic on several occasions and there was never less than a unanimous vote in favor of this project,” Mr. Rubenstein said. “With that in mind [the town] said … as far as they’re concerned the building permit is valid and they’ll issue a [certificate of occupancy] unless the courts direct them otherwise.”

The town Planning Board issued an approval of the project’s site plan in April.

In July a group of residents on nearby streets sued, claiming the Planning Board did not conduct a sufficient review of the impacts of the project on the surrounding areas, in particular, traffic on local roads and septic loads that the 200-seat sports bar and restaurant will create.

The named plaintiffs in the suit are Joanna Grossman, Marie Zerilli, Barry Raebeck, Stephen Bernstein and Dominique Weiss.

Mr. Rubenstein said he does not think the lawsuit will derail the town approvals and the project.

“They’re questioning whether [the Planning Board] took a hard look and I’ve spoken to attorneys and people in the know and the feeling is that a hard look was taken,” he said. “With that in mind, we’re going forward.”

Mr. Rubenstein said it will take 10 to 12 months to complete the new facilities once construction gets under way. At planning meetings, he said the cost of the project was expected to be between $6 million and $7 million.

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Enough harassment of this guy and his business. East Hampton families want and need this new facility. It will be an extremely valuable asset to our community and create many jobs as well for local kids. Anyone who has taken a close look at the proposal will realize that traffic will not be an issue. The argument that the restaurant is too big is nonsense given its seasonality. Time for the neighbors to stop whining and EH officials to make clear it's smooth putting from here on.
By harbor (401), East Hampton on Sep 21, 16 9:27 AM
Thank you, Scott, for continuing to invest your time, money, commitment in projects, facilities, people and programs that always make our community better!
By Marytango99 (3), East hampton on Sep 21, 16 4:06 PM
Scott- you have the community behind you! We are so looking forward to your new facility. Thanks for all you do for East Hampton's kids
By jackiemay (23), east hampton on Sep 21, 16 9:50 PM
Good on you, Scott. Keep moving forward. You and your family run an outstanding operation at EHIT and my friends and family look forward to what you are developing. It is much needed in the area. Thank you
By Dayo (33), Sag Harbor on Sep 22, 16 6:57 AM
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Scott, we're behing you all the way - just don't go with the stupid string pinsetters. Regular pinsetters, like refurbished AMF 8270/90s are not a big deal to maintain. I would love to help you with this, having been in the bowling industry for over 30 years.
By Nukiepoo (121), Southampton on Sep 23, 16 12:41 AM
Hi Nukiepoo I am like you behind Scott 100 percent. I was in the bowling business for 15 plus years in East Hampton. We had the 30's there. I was just curious if I might know you. Where did you work on the 70s and 90s. I never had any exposure to string bowling except at the national convention I did see them. Did you ever bowl on them or work on them
By Hammer300 (1), East hampton on Oct 11, 16 10:53 AM
The Hampton Classic, Horse Show, Bridgehampton