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Apr 12, 2019 3:31 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Rechlers Offer Timeline For Canoe Place Inn Restoration And Townhouse Project In Hampton Bays

COURTESY JANICE SCHERER
Apr 16, 2019 2:07 PM

When developers Gregg and Mitchell Rechler gave the all clear to begin ripping down walls at the former Canoe Place Inn nightclub, they were expecting to receive reports of a crumbling foundation.

Instead, they were told that there wasn’t any foundation at all.

An investigation by Robert Strada Designs found several oak timber footings, which Mr. Strada said last week were doing little to support the historic 1920s structure. He said the first step in restoring the inn was excavating a new foundation and installing steel columns to support the collapsing roof.

Gregg Rechler of Rechler Equity Partners met with the Southampton Town Planning Board on Thursday, April 11, to go over his vision for restoring the building, as well as the progress of the 37 townhouses to be built on the eastern side of the Shinnecock Canal.

“Until you get in there and open up a wall, you’re really taking one step at a time,” Mr. Rechler said.

The restoration—which will include a new 25-room inn, a 1,900-square-foot clubhouse and a 300-seat catering hall—as well as the Hampton Boathouses, are being done simultaneously and will be built in three distinct phases, Mr. Rechler said.

The first phase, which he estimated would be complete by January 2020, will include restoring the inn’s iconic dance hall, building the framework for three of seven townhomes—to be complete by April 2020—and re-constructing the inn’s “connector,” a section of the structure that previously ran between the inn and its ballroom before it was demolished in 2016.

Originally, the developers had planned to bulldoze the building and replace it with additional townhouses. However, after facing strong opposition from the community, the Rechlers revised their plans and agreed to restore the structure. “They’re taking painstaking steps to get this right,” Mr. Strada said of the inn’s restoration.

Roadwork is also expected to start next week at the intersection of Montauk Highway and North Road, where the developers have secured permits from Suffolk County to remove the entrance ramp along Montauk Highway and replace it with a “T-shaped” intersection.

The same is planned for the intersection of Montauk Highway and Newtown Road—to begin after Labor Day. Both roads also will be widened, and stop signs will be installed at the North Road and Newtown Road intersections.

The second phase of work, to begin in June 2019 and be completed by May 2020, will include further interior and exterior work on the Canoe Place Inn, as well as the construction of the foundation and framework for three additional Hampton Boathouse buildings, which will be completed by June 2020.

Additionally, plans include the installation of a Nitrex wastewater treatment plant to be built on a hillside parcel just across North Road from the canal. That work is expected to be complete by March 2020, according to Mr. Rechler.

The final phase, which is expected to span from September 2019 to August 2020, includes building the last Hampton Boathouse building, as well as completing any remaining interior and exterior work.

“We’re very excited,” Mr. Rechler said.

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A "T" intersection with a stop sign , minus an entrance lane ?! That will make for some interesting traffic backups on North Road !!! Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
By bigfresh (4384), north sea on Apr 13, 19 9:11 AM
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I would ask that the Town look into the construction debris dumped on the edge of the canal, on the townhouse side, to insure it does not end up in the canal. Conveniently not included in the photos.
By Postie (3), Hampton Bays on Apr 13, 19 11:30 AM
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Oh please leave them alone. They are doing a great job.
By chief1 (2725), southampton on Apr 13, 19 5:14 PM
If you call selling off the most unique publicly accessible land in HB to the highest second-home bidder, leaving the locals to deal with the additional traffic, sewage in their back yard and no hope of ever buying one of these condos "doing a great job" then yeah, they are doing a great job!
By eagleeye (74), Sag Harbor on Apr 15, 19 12:23 PM
I guess there'll always be some people who like looking at dilapidated buildings, empty storefronts, bad reputations for the hamlet and decreasing property values.
By HamptonDad (218), Hampton Bays on Apr 16, 19 4:43 PM
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There is no yin without the yang. You tout many a "great" thing, but ignore the flipside and it's consequences. The long term consequences is that the coming generations most likely will be fiscally evicted from their home.

What price "progress"?

"Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of a cancer cell."

~ Edward Abbey

By Mr. Z (11376), North Sea on Apr 17, 19 6:32 AM
I can only imagine the stuff they're finding there
By johnj (991), Westhampton on Apr 15, 19 4:27 PM
The locals I know which are in the age range of 35-45 love everything that is happening. Revitalize Harlem Bays
By bigblue84 (89), Hampton Bays on Apr 15, 19 4:50 PM
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Such a shame that this place was part of the condo development on the eat side of the canal. Never did see a public parking plan where we can fish on the east as well as the west side. 37 condos are just to much on the water. Never should have been approved. The Rechlers played the town and the residents perfectly.
By North Sea Citizen (538), North Sea on Apr 16, 19 6:17 AM
Agreed.

Public dining with a view sacrificed for overpriced condos.
By Mr. Z (11376), North Sea on Apr 17, 19 6:34 AM
Hey Bigblue - it would be great if more of you all come out to some of the meetings and have your voices heard. It is your peer group that is the future of the hamlet. I know you all probably are working 2 jobs to pay the unsustainable ever increasing tax bill and raising kids, but I am out there trying to fight for the future of HB, when in reality I have more years in my "rear view mirror" now then I have in front of me. Your peers are the future and should be speaking up. The next HB Citizens ...more
By G.A.Lombardi (443), Hampton Bays on Apr 16, 19 8:49 AM
The "tax bill" is conversely tied to the ever increasing (and ridiculous) property prices. Assessments calculate tax bills, not just density. More density means more services and higher costs. One only needs to look at Brookhaven to feel a bit better if you think your tax bill is outrageous.
By Mr. Z (11376), North Sea on Apr 17, 19 6:38 AM
Mr. Z - You are partially correct. That only works if your assessed value stays the same and all your neighbor's assessed value goes up. The increase in the school budget needs to be paid by HB property owners so overall, an increase in tax needs to be collected. The only time that the school taxes get diluted is with new development without the potential of increased services needed at the school.
By G.A.Lombardi (443), Hampton Bays on Apr 17, 19 8:30 AM
Does a tax bill increase if your assessed value increases, with no drop in the tax rate?
By Mr. Z (11376), North Sea on Apr 17, 19 10:11 PM
The tax rate is just a mathematical ratio of the amount the Town, School or Special District needs to collect from the taxpayers to meet the budget divided by the total assessment of the total population of properties. The budgets go up every year...unless there is new development or a new source of revenue i.e. increase in beach passes or grants, the taxpayers pay more in taxes overall.
By G.A.Lombardi (443), Hampton Bays on Apr 24, 19 7:27 PM
Will come check it out. Thanks for the information
By bigblue84 (89), Hampton Bays on Apr 16, 19 6:23 PM
Lombardi just curious do you drive through Hampton Bsys with a blind fold? It's a dump that is going to change for the better real soon
By chief1 (2725), southampton on Apr 16, 19 6:32 PM
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I have no idea what you are talking about. I was a supporter of this project and I took the time to go the the Town Board meeting last year to support the extension of the PDD. In fact, I was invited to the Ribbon Cutting. But for the record, I don't DRIVE through Town - I actually walk and see all the vacate stores...Why don't I drive?...thanks for asking....because I AM LEGALLY BLIND...I know you couldn't possibly insult a disabled person on purpose...right?!?!?!?
By G.A.Lombardi (443), Hampton Bays on Apr 16, 19 8:40 PM
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What kind of builders and developers are surprised to find out a structure they plan on developing has an inadequate foundation? I knew that and stated it here years ago and I am neither a builder nor developer. While I am pleasantly surprised to see the progress being made on part of the building I note that there has been nothing apparent accomplished on the western part of the structure.

That section of the building is largely constructed of terra cotta blocks and has settled very ...more
By VOS (1198), WHB on Apr 23, 19 3:37 PM
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