Southampton African American Museum Will Soon Have A Home - 27 East

Real Estate News

Real Estate News / 1408697

Southampton African American Museum Will Soon Have A Home

icon 1 Photo
Meridith Baer Home staged this Water Mill manse, listed with Saunders & Associates for nearly $4.8 million. MICHELLE TRAURING

Meridith Baer Home staged this Water Mill manse, listed with Saunders & Associates for nearly $4.8 million. MICHELLE TRAURING

author on Nov 10, 2015

By next spring, the Southampton African American Museum may finally settle into its home in Southampton Village.

The organization, which currently operates virtually, has received the necessary approvals from the Suffolk County Health Department so that it can move forward with renovating its future home at 245 North Sea Road, a building that once housed Randy’s Barber Shop.

Brenda Simmons, executive director of the museum, said that SAAM now has to submit applications to village regulatory boards for the renovations, which will restore the decades-old building, for which it has a long-term lease. For the most part, she explained, the structure will remain the same on the outside, as Southampton town and village had jointly purchased it with Community Preservation Fund money in 2006, and they are limited in terms of how much they can change the building.

With help from architect Siamak Samii, the interior of the old barber shop will be transformed into a multi-purpose building that will serve as a place for meetings, workshops and community functions, including what Ms. Simmons said she hopes will be an annual old-fashioned barbecue event, complete with jazz music and free haircuts to pay homage to the building’s roots.

Following the seven months it took to complete a survey of the property and get Health Department approval, Ms. Simmons said she hopes the remaining steps for the project—which include the town preparing construction bids for it—will go by swiftly.

“The major hump was getting that Health Department application approved,” she said. “I am really, really hoping we can start something in early spring. It all depends on the timing of getting the meetings in, getting the approvals in.”

The whole project is estimated to cost about $600,000, and the town will cover about $500,000. Ms. Simmons said SAAM will take care of the remaining $100,000 and is accepting tax-exempt donations that can be sent to P.O. 2263, Southampton, NY 11969.

The executive director added that she was grateful to have so many organizations help the museum get to this point—a true testament to the fact that “this will be a place for everybody—a place for everybody to learn, and learn about our culture.

“Everybody should know and enjoy everybody’s culture. It brings us back to that common ground,” she said. “It’s time now to get into our own home.”

You May Also Like:

North Haven Waterfront Home and Vacant Parcel Sell for $10.4 Million

A pair of adjacent North Haven properties, one developed, one vacant, and totaling 3.5 acres, ... 23 Feb 2024 by Staff Writer

Get Ready for Real Estate Drama: ‘Selling the Hamptons’ Season Two Comes to Max on March 1

Ashley Allen is not shy about her opinion of “Selling the Hamptons.” After watching season ... by Michelle Trauring

Real Estate Analyst Gives 2024 Hamptons Outlook | 27Speaks Podcast

 Real estate market analyst Jonathan Miller of appraisal firm Miller Samuel Inc. recently joined ... 22 Feb 2024 by 27speaks

Real Estate Pros Take the Pulse of the Real Estate Market at Express Sessions

A lack of inventory, particularly a dearth of affordable homes, dominated the conversation last week ... 21 Feb 2024 by Brendan J. O’Reilly

Jim Larocca: Real Estate Industry Should Be More Involved in Advocating Affordable Housing

Jim Larocca, the former mayor of Sag Harbor Village, attended “Taking the Pulse of the ... by Brendan J. O’Reilly

Jane Holden: The Upcoming Generation Can’t Afford To Stay in Sag Harbor

Jane Holden, an associate broker with Brown Harris Stevens of the Hamptons, grew up in ... by Brendan J. O’Reilly

East End Roundtable: Hamptons Real Estate Pros Reflect on 2023 and Share 2024 Outlook

Anyone who was waiting in 2023 for Hamptons home prices to fall was disappointed. The ... 15 Feb 2024 by Moderated by Brendan J. O'Reilly

Tech in Real Estate: Not a Replacement for Agents, but Another Tool in the Toolbox

Associate broker Deborah Srb has been in the real estate business for 30 years and ... by Brendan J. O'Reilly

In the Face of Low Inventory, Homeowners Are Focusing on Home Maintenance and Updates

Pandemic dynamics, rising mortgage rates, a burgeoning work-from-home movement and low unemployment rates may have ... by Joseph Finora

Dottie Herman Says Inventory, Mortgage Rates Combine To Limit Sales Activity, Here and Elsewhere

Dottie Herman, the former CEO and current vice chair of Douglas Elliman, has been a ... 14 Feb 2024 by Brendan J. O'Reilly