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Jul 10, 2017 9:58 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

First Phase Of New CVS Site In Westhampton Beach Should Wrap Up This Month

Site of the old bowling alley and future CVS on Sunset Avenue in Westhampton Beach. KATE RIGA
Jul 10, 2017 12:24 PM

A new structure is slowly rising from the rubble of the old bowling alley on Sunset Avenue in Westhampton Beach.

According to Westhampton Beach Village Building Administrator Paul Houlihan, phase one of the work—which calls for the complete gutting and refinishing of the former 20,000-square-foot bowling alley—should wrap up at the end of July.

Stephanie Cunha, manager of public relations for CVS Pharmacy—which will take up half the space and anchor the new retail complex—said this week that she does not expect the pharmacy to open until March 2018.

The remaining 10,000 square feet of space will be broken down into six storefronts, two of which could accommodate smaller restaurants. The larger of the two restaurants will boast up to 65 seats.

It was not immediately clear who the other tenants could be or when they could take up residence in the new building.

The builder, Rocco J. Lettieri of Home Front Organization Inc., is expected to install dividing walls in the main building within the next few weeks, Mr. Houlihan said. Once that is completed, each tenant will have to file separate applications with the village to finish their respective interiors, he added.

Mr. Houlihan said he could not offer an estimate on when any of the shops could open, explaining that Sunset West LLC, which owns the 1.8-acre property, must still complete the final stages of construction and ink contracts with tenants. He also said he did not know if any leases have been inked.

Representatives of Sunset West LLC could not be reached this week.

Late last year, the developer was slapped with a cease-and-desist order after renovation crews began to illegally enlarge the building’s basement without village approval. The order was issued less than a month after renovations began on the property, after inspectors realized that workers had increased the size of the basement from 3,000 square feet to more than 4,200 square feet. Sunset West has since secured permission to expand the basement, according to village officials.

In addition to finishing the interior work, Sunset West is required to complete renovations to the parking lot, which extends north to Mill Road, Mr. Houlihan said. The property owners must also install landscaping as part of phase one, he added.

Since the developer has yet to submit building permits for approval, Mr. Houlihan said he still does not know when work could begin on the two additional structures, a 6,000-square-foot building and a 1,500-square-foot building, that will eventually line the property. Still, he added that he expects that work, part of the second and third phases, respectively, to begin in the fall.

“They’re very mysterious when I ask them,” Mr. Houlihan said, referring to the property owner and its plans for the two additional structures.

The converted bowling alley is the first of its kind to be constructed in Westhampton Beach using the village’s updated design guidelines, which were updated in 2010. They require that new buildings blend better with surrounding structures, helping maintain the village’s character.

“The building is pulled in and out, and given different roof designs to make it look like other buildings,” Mr. Houlihan said. “I think that might have been a little more complicated than [Lettieri] thought, but I think it looks great.”

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