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Jul 3, 2014 12:47 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Residents March Against CVS In Bridgehampton

Jul 9, 2014 11:55 AM

Dozens of Bridgehampton residents spent Thursday morning on the corner of one of the busiest intersections in the hamlet in an effort to protest plans for a CVS.

Bearing signs with all kinds of slogans arguing against the dual pharmacy-convenience store, many of the marchers said they had several different reasons as to why the store should not go up in the space located at 2150 Montauk Highway, the intersection of Lumber Lane, Ocean Road, the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike and Montauk Highway.

“The lot they’re planning to use is already filled,” said resident and protester Elizabeth Corwin, as she gestured to the small parking lot that would be used for CVS employees and customers.

Resident Julia Douglas agreed with Ms. Corwin.

“They have not allocated enough parking,” Ms. Douglas said. “This is not the appropriate space for a mega-store.”

Niki Yektai, another resident and protester, said the store would not be up to par with the way the rest of the community looks, especially since three historic buildings sit on the other corners of the intersection: the Topping Rose House, the Nathaniel Rogers House, and the first mercantile building on the East End, which currently houses Almond Restaurant.

“I feel every community has an image,” Ms. Yektai said.

Traffic is also a potential problem the residents pointed out. Tom Brandenburger said that vehicles coming out of the parking lot, which feeds onto Lumber Lane, would add only more congestion and traffic to a residential street that is already often backed up. Traffic on the turnpike is also a potential concern, since that road meets with Lumber.

“If you wait at the [Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike] light, it’s just going to be much longer,” he said.

Carey Millard, former head of the Bridgehampton Citizens Advisory Committee, said she organized the march for the Fourth of July weekend because she thought it would help the issue get more exposure, as the seasonal residents coming in for the holiday would learn more about it. Last week, the group Save Bridgehampton Main Street sent a letter to Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst and the Town Board asking the officials to preserve the space at the corner instead of allowing the two-story, 9,000-square-foot CVS to go up. The group had also included a petition with the letter listing several arguments against the new store.

“I think people want to show the world that the historic nature of Bridgehampton is going to be compromised,” Ms. Millard said.

Ms. Millard added that more marches will take place throughout the summer.

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Are they mad at the use or the fact that it is CVS. Why are they holding signs saying "No Chain". If Whites wanted to open there, would they still be upset?
By The Real World (368), southampton on Jul 3, 14 2:12 PM
"No Chain on Main" ... except Starbucks. Starbucks is cool. Oh, and the Golden Pear because they're a "local chain" and I mean, Citeralla is on the OUTSKIRTS of Main... so that doesn't really count either.

It's illegal to forbid "Chain" restaurants from opening conforming store fronts - they have the same rights as the mom + pop outfits. Is the site too small for what's proposed? Probably. Has Benincasa screwed the proverbial pooch with his hypotheticals again? Probably. But the ...more
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Jul 3, 14 2:31 PM
While these people have nothing better to do, I too question why we need another pharmacy when there's a Rite Aid down the block-- albeit a terrible one.
By johnj (1024), Westhampton on Jul 3, 14 2:42 PM
"why we need" doesn't come into play. CVS thinks they can make a profit - that's what matters and what makes America America.
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Jul 3, 14 3:02 PM
"why we need" doesn't come into play. CVS thinks they can make a profit - that's what matters and what makes America one giant strip mall."

Fixed that for you.
By johnj (1024), Westhampton on Jul 3, 14 3:48 PM
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Hey, didn't say it makes America great, just said it makes America America. And frankly, if you think that Bridgehampton (even with the addition of a CVS) is ugly, go take a look at the other 99% of America and you will quickly realize how good we have it.
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Jul 3, 14 3:57 PM
No new money should go into the CPF if they are going use it to buy properties just to stop development. Example: Neptunes, which was a huge waste of tax payers money. If the Town didn't have such a ridiculous, expensive process, maybe more Mom and Pops will open. Not everyone can Lawyer up and take on CAC's.
By The Real World (368), southampton on Jul 3, 14 4:30 PM
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Neptunes was a great purchase - the execution of the post Neptune's plan so far has been terrible...
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Jul 3, 14 8:33 PM
Hmmm, see a pattern developing here? Let me refresh some memories...Drift Inn/Cat Ballou, Summer's, Conscience Point, Sandbar Beach Club, Hampton Beach Club/Hot Dog Beach.

The only thing done with these properties is a partial makeover at Conscience Point which also happens to put the town in competition with long standing taxpaying businesses in the area and a very seldom used building at Summer's.

That's not buying to stop development and it's not poor execution of a plan. ...more
By VOS (1241), WHB on Jul 4, 14 1:30 AM
And yet all of those property owners were willing sellers.... the Town isn't taking anything away.
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Jul 4, 14 10:35 AM
The town is taking away RWB uses which the master plan identifies as essential to the strength of the community.
Jul 4, 14 12:48 PM appended by VOS
The town is also taking away jobs and tax revenues and the draw that RWB businesses provide to bring people to the area who spend money here. That's why the Resort Waterfront Business zoning exists. How can you rationalize your statement of taking nothing away?
By VOS (1241), WHB on Jul 4, 14 12:48 PM
Many of the places you named are along the ocean and some of them burned down. Development along the ocean is a temporary endeavor as Hurricane Sandy proved - it is far better to have open beaches and protective dunes then a couple nightclubs.

The Town isn't taking away jobs - they are purchasing land from willing sellers who have closed or are closing their businesses. You make it sound as if the Town declared every club a nuisance and shut them all down and stole their land. Oh, ...more
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Jul 4, 14 2:25 PM
Many of the places you named are along the ocean and some of them burned down. Development along the ocean is a temporary endeavor as Hurricane Sandy proved - it is far better to have open beaches and protective dunes then a couple nightclubs.

The Town isn't taking away jobs - they are purchasing land from willing sellers who have closed or are closing their businesses. You make it sound as if the Town declared every club a nuisance and shut them all down and stole their land. Oh, ...more
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Jul 4, 14 2:25 PM
Let me be very clear here - the problem is the disappearance of RWB usages. The master plan says we should keep them active as commercial uses for all the reasons mentioned - jobs, taxes and economic generators.

Whether there is a willing seller or not, these properties should all remain in the private sector for the business uses designated in the Resort Waterfront Business zones. Neither the developers at Allen's Acres, the Rechsler's on the canal, nor the town in the locations above ...more
By VOS (1241), WHB on Jul 5, 14 12:26 PM
traffic in Bridgehampton will always be a disaster, CVS or not. Here's an idea. Take out Kmart and Rite Aide and replace them both with a better store like "Target"! Perhaps a Trader Joes? How about an affordable high quality chain restaurant like "Chipotle"? Oh I guess the big problem with Trader Joes and Chipotle is that they are actually affordable, which hence renders them not practical for this area. Also enough of the protesting the modern world here! If CVS thinks they can make money, then ...more
By louse pt. (143), springs on Jul 3, 14 5:33 PM
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My vote would be for a Costco.

You'd get a way better wage working a second job at a place like that.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jul 3, 14 11:45 PM
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Funny, just looking at a protest to "save mainstreet" being held by what looks like a small group of very well to do elder aged country club dressed folk. here's a reality check, most of the mainstreets here are already dead to most of us that live here anyway.
By louse pt. (143), springs on Jul 3, 14 5:39 PM
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By chief1 (2800), southampton on Jul 3, 14 5:55 PM
Everyone in that group looks like they use a pharmacy to fill a prescription at least once a week, so they should welcome a pharmacy. Lol. As a Bridgehampton resident I am against a CVS on that corner. There is vacant space in Bridgehampton Commons that can accommodate any store. That corner is a traffic nightmare as it is. On another note, the town or state needs to study traffic at that intersection and come up with a better traffic pattern and flow. There is alway a traffic jam there as people ...more
By deelove (152), Bridgehampton on Jul 3, 14 11:17 PM
A CVS in this location is clearly not a good idea due to this intersection already being overloaded most of the time. I'm surprised that this is even a controversy since it's a no brainer. If CVS "needs" a store in BH (which I think is unnecessary), how about the ramshackle old restaurant that was just torn down across from the commons. It has a traffic light and is in the main shopping area.
By Caribb53 (1), Manhasset on Jul 7, 14 10:18 AM
I went to two "pharmacies" today looking for a peri bottle and a pair of small scissors for use with medical equipment. Neither store had these items. They DID have about 10,000 chocolate bars, cans of soup, shampoo, salty snacks, beach towels, pet beds, greeting cards and nail polish. But virtually no small medical supplies. When I was a kid, we had corner drugstores. They were 1/100th the size of today's "pharmacies," but they had plenty of small medical supplies. I never went into a pharmacy/drugstore ...more
By btdt (449), water mill on Jul 10, 14 5:23 PM
Why would 2nd homeowners want CVS in their disney version of small town America? It doesn't look right.
By Infoseeker (280), Hampton Bays on Jul 12, 14 7:30 AM
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