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Jan 12, 2015 5:04 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Westhampton Beach Village Spends $4K On Main Street Study

Jan 13, 2015 3:31 PM

The Westhampton Beach Village Board will move forward with its plan to renovate Main Street and last week commissioned the village planner to assemble a streetscape survey.

During a regular board meeting on Thursday, January 8, village trustees voted to pay Kyle Collins and his Westhampton Beach-based firm, KPC Planning Services Inc., $4,000 to create renderings of the various proposals that the board has already discussed, including a landscaped median down the center of the road, restructured parking spaces, new crosswalks and sidewalk bump-outs, according to Mayor Maria Moore.

“I just thought this would be the next sensible step to take to have our village planners give us some drafts for potential design plans,” Ms. Moore said.

Mr. Collins, who also heads the Southampton Town Planning Department, said he will look at the current layout and conditions of the road and analyze how the ideas discussed previously by the board would impact the street.

“Based on that preliminary analysis, we will put together some design alternatives that the board can consider,” Mr. Collins said during last week’s meeting. “It can select one or components of various design alternatives, so they can move on to final engineer drawings and, ultimately, go into bid documents to get the job done.”

Mr. Collins said he will have renderings of what Main Street, between Beach and Potunk lanes, could look like in time for next month’s meeting, scheduled for Thursday, February 5. After presenting the renderings in front of the board and getting feedback, Mr. Collins said he and his firm will spend a month making an official concept plan.

Ms. Moore said this plan will be helpful not only in putting the project out for bid, but also in applying for grants, specifically those that might help with the eventual installation of a sewer system to service the central business district.

The village does not know how much the work would cost, because it has not yet decided what options it will pursue. The board did set aside $100,000 toward the project last month.

The mayor added that she is still investigating the possibility of burying the power lines that now zigzag above Main Street.

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