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Feb 27, 2017 4:05 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Board Scolds Developer Before Agreeing To New Plan For Westhampton Beach Shopping Center

Applicants will be allowed to expand the basement of a new shopping center on Sunset Avenue. BY ERIN MCKINLEY
Feb 28, 2017 2:55 PM

Westhampton Beach Village Planning Board officials last week scolded the developer behind a new shopping center on Sunset Avenue after construction crews diverged from approved site plans and tried to illegally expand the building’s basement without village approval.

Board members, however, ultimately agreed to sign off on the changes, allowing Sunset West LLC to increase the size of the basement of the former bowling alley building by 1,200 square feet to 4,200 square feet.

The diversion from the approved site plan was caught in November by Westhampton Beach Village Building Inspector Paul Houlihan, who immediately slapped the developer with a cease-and-desist order on the basement work.

Two months later, Sunset West LLC officials filed a formal application to expand the basement of the 20,000-square-foot shopping center, requesting the additional space for storage for future tenants. The expected anchor of the complex, a CVS Pharmacy, will not benefit from the additional storage space.

“The only reason you are here is because you got caught,” Planning Board member Ralph Neubauer said while addressing Bailey Larkin of Bennett and Read in Southampton, the firm representing Sunset West LLC, on Thursday, February 23. “We certainly would have preferred to be looking at this at the time of the application and not when you got caught.”

Even though they were displeased with the situation, board members verbally agreed 4-0 to approve the change. Chairman Victor Levy was absent from the meeting. A formal written resolution authorizing the change is expected to be adopted at the board’s next meeting on Thursday, March 9, starting at 5 p.m. at Village Hall.

Planning Board members also listened to a presentation from those representing the new Best Market chain in the village. The supermarket is looking to start the second phase of its renovation in the coming months and, according to Eric Meyn from Bohler Engineering, who is representing Best Market, the company now wants to push back the completion date of certain parts of the work; namely, the repaving the parking lot and the installation of landscaping.

Originally, the third and final phase of work approved last April was supposed to include only the burial of power lines on the property, the conduits for which were to be installed during the second phase. Now, however, Best Market is also requesting that the repaving and landscaping work also be completed in the final phase of the renovations.

Board members did not make a decision on the request and instead requested an updated site plan from the applicant that matches their revised proposal.

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Just as I said, approved. Best Mkt has a way to expand, follow the leader, ask for forgiveness...
No fines??? JUST A THANK YOU???
By knitter (1692), Southampton on Mar 1, 17 12:45 PM
Better to ask for forgiveness instead of permission. Works 90% of the time, every time;)
By dnice (2345), Hampton Bays on Mar 1, 17 1:09 PM
bay street, sag harbor,