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Nov 13, 2018 12:17 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Westhampton Beach Law Firm Plans To Move Into Sight On Main Street

Burner Law Group located at 82 Main Street, Westhampton Beach.
Nov 14, 2018 12:42 PM

A business that has been tucked away on Main Street in Westhampton Beach for over a decade is making plans to move forward on its site, filling an existing space beside the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center.

Burner Law Group, P.C., has had an office at 82 Main Street since 2005, hidden behind another building that the law firm owns on its property, which is rented out to Hampton Properties and Samantha Drew Interiors. Clients must turn onto a gravel driveway next to the Performing Arts Center in order to find the firm’s office.

A growing clientele, along with the aging building’s deteriorating condition, led owner Nancy Burner to decide it was time for renovations. She plans to demolish the existing two buildings on the property and build a single, two-story building adjacent to the theater to the east, with parking in the rear.

All demolition and construction work will be done by her husband, Michael Burner, and his business, Elderco Inc.

“We think it’s going to be great. You feel disconnected when you’re set in the back,” Ms. Burner said. “It’s going to add to the community, because it’s going to be that nice.”

Ms. Burner said that Samantha Drew Interiors plans to occupy the first-floor retail space, with the idea of turning it into the business’s flagship store. Its current Westhampton Beach location is considered its “summer store" with another location in Naples, Florida.

"We're super excited about the construction," Samantha Drew said. "It was a natural progression for us to stay in the area and serve our clients in the Hamptons."

The second floor will be office space for the law firm, in addition to including a 600-square-foot accessory apartment. The law firm’s office space will almost triple in size—it currently has 1,000 square feet of space and will expand to 2,853 square feet to allow for a larger staff and more clients.

The other current tenant, Hampton Properties, will be moving to a different location in the area.

Westhampton Beach Village Mayor Maria Moore said she liked that the building was moving forward on Main Street. “What they’re planning is a great idea,” she said. “Ideally, stores would have a zero lot line with parking on Main Street. It’s all about the foot traffic.”

The new building will be 1,639 square feet on the first floor and 3,452 square feet on the second floor, according to the site plan, more square footage than the two existing buildings, which are about 2,000 square feet each, according to Mr. Burner. Building and Zoning Administrator Paul Houlihan noted that the larger second floor will overhang a courtyard driveway underneath.

The site plan received tentative approval from the Village Planning Board on November 8. Mr. Burner said that they will submit a completed site plan to the village’s Building and Zoning Department soon. Once it is approved, they hope to break ground in January.

They’ve already received approval from the State Department of Health and the Village Architectural Review Board, Mr. Burner added.

The Planning Board will make a determination at its next meeting on December 13, Mr. Houlihan said, adding that the board did not have a problem issuing a demolition permit as well.

“We’ll be excited because we really need the space and look forward to serving the community,” Ms. Burner added.

The law firm has its flagship office in East Setauket, and another satellite office in Manhattan. Along with her Westhampton Beach expansion, Ms. Burner wants to establish another location in Southampton Village. Office manager Michele Biggart said they are currently looking for rental properties in Southampton.

“We have so many clients in East Hampton and Montauk, so we’re hoping to expand to the East End,” Ms. Burner said.

Construction of the new building should be complete before the village’s sewer district project begins, so installation of its sanitary system will not be affected. The sewer district project is scheduled to start in the beginning of 2020, and will connect all Main Street business district sewage lines to a treatment plant at Francis S. Gabreski Airport.

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