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Nov 4, 2015 12:53 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Suffolk Awards Westhampton Beach $75,000 Grant For Main Street Project

Nov 4, 2015 12:53 PM

The Village of Westhampton Beach has secured a $75,000 grant from Suffolk County that it will put toward a future Main Street revitalization project that aims to improve safety for both pedestrians and drivers.

According to Westhampton Beach Mayor Maria Moore, the estimated $800,000 project will involve the installation of new curbs and curb extensions, the pouring of new sidewalks, and the extensive milling and repaving of Main Street. Also requested in the grant application was money to create two mid-block crossings that will help increase pedestrian safety on Main Street between Sunset Avenue and Glovers Lane, and Glovers Lane and Mill Road.

Part of the project, which will be primarily funded through money that the board has set aside over the past two years, calls for the realignment of Mill Road and Library Avenue where they intersect with Main Street. In April, village planner Kyle Collins presented renderings to the board that showed a narrower Mill Road that would intersect with Main Street more perpendicularly, forcing drivers approaching the intersection to go slower. The work would also bring Mill Road in closer alignment with Library Avenue.

In addition to that intersection, the Village Board applied for the county grant to also finance improvements to the intersection of Sunset Avenue and Main Street.

The project could begin in early 2016 and is expected to be paid for using a number of different funds set aside by the board. In December 2014, members set aside $100,000 specifically for the revitalization project, and allocated another $300,000 earlier this year. The $75,000 grant will be added to the $400,000 in funds already set aside.

“The balance of the funds will come from the village's surplus account,” Ms. Moore said, referring to the remaining $325,000.

In January, the Village Board agreed to pay Mr. Collins and his Westhampton Beach-based firm, KPC Planning Services Inc., $4,000 to create renderings of various proposals that the board later discussed. Some of these proposals included a landscaped median down the middle of Main Street, the realignment of parking spaces, and the installation of new crosswalks and sidewalk bump-outs. The bump-outs, which can be either plain hard structures or have light landscaping, will help reduce pedestrian crossing distances and create better visibility at the intersections.

Ms. Moore learned late last month that the village’s grant application had been approved by Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone.

“The intersection at Mill and Main is a particularly dangerous intersection and we are looking to make it safer,” she said.

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So let me understand this- the Board obtained a small grant for the reconstruction of curbs- sidewalks- milling and repave of Main street- large balance being paid for out of the other reserve accounts- only to be ripped up for the new "sewer district" they are also proposing later on down the line. What am I missing?
By realistic (464), westhampton on Nov 4, 15 9:13 PM
Nothing. As anyone in NYC city can attest the proper order of events is: election, pave street, dig gas line, dig fits line, pave street, cut curbs, more gas lines. Sheeesh..why do something once when you can do it twice?
By Hambone (510), New York on Nov 4, 15 10:32 PM
By NEWLONDON (48), westhampton beach on Nov 4, 15 11:52 PM
And some on the internet don't know that using all caps = yelling
By Hambone (510), New York on Nov 6, 15 11:26 AM
As I've seen and heard it described on several occasions,the sewer project will take place behind the stores on Main Street, and there's an easement for those situations in which the village doesn't own the land. This is a terrific step forward for the village, in my opinion. I also like that they've been planning ahead, setting aside funds for what they (rightly) projected would be a large infrastructure project. Main St really does need to be reconfigured because it's dangerous at several points ...more
By CountryMouse (8), westhampton beach on Nov 5, 15 7:42 PM
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I agree with you Country Mouse. Such negativity. I am seeing signs of steady improvement in our village since this mayor took office. She has not only a vision, but a plan to implement it and seems to know how to bring people on board. In my mind, that's leadership.Full disclosure: I didn't vote for her, but I have been impressed with her style.
By LoveMy11978 (1), Westhampton Beach on Nov 5, 15 7:50 PM
Full Disclosure I voted for her and wouldn't again. Yes has done some good but the Sewer District and lack of truth is souring me. I am all for progress but tell the truth and stop the BS.
By realistic (464), westhampton on Nov 5, 15 8:00 PM
OK CountryMouse. Putting the lines behind the stores just doubled the cost of the project. Running lines down Main street only requires one line. Now you need two. Based on one line the Village is looking at about $60m in cost. Have they received the sign offs from the Feds yet to fund this? I hear not. And then theres the cost to the many taxpayers to bear this cost for the benefit of only the stores along Main Street. Lets see how that vote goes. Anyway as a Main Street store was closing down ...more
By realistic (464), westhampton on Nov 5, 15 7:56 PM
First of all, the cesspool connections are in the backs of the buildings on Main St. The sewer lines would have to be brought there. Second of all, if there was more to offer year-round on Main St. people would come. Third of all, instead of all that waste going into Moniebogue Bay it would help to keep our water clean.
By tenn tom (234), remsenburg on Nov 6, 15 7:47 AM
Tomtom I agree the Bay needs to be cleaned up. Its not just coming from Main Street its coming from all over the east end. But at what cost to the taxpayers? Will Village residents like myself vote yes to bear the cost? I like your comment on 5/9/15 this year where you state "tax the developers instead of the taxpayers". I would support 100% if only the people who used the system paid for the system. And finally at the end of the day the only thing I am asking for is the truth from Mayor Moore. ...more
By realistic (464), westhampton on Nov 6, 15 8:28 AM
Every journey starts with the first step and if it makes you feel better I am a WHB taxpayer.
By tenn tom (234), remsenburg on Nov 6, 15 6:56 PM