The group, which has thrown support for the project write wrote, "We would like to remind all that our endorsement of the project for our community is based on the continued expected open dialogue that has been set by the developer, Hampton Bays residents and Southampton Town. We understand that all resident and neighbor concerns need to be taken into account for this or any other planned development in that area to succeed. We will do all that we can to continue fostering communication between all parties."
The Concerned Citizens further stated that they will "continue to closely monitor developments as any proposed project."
The project, proposed by cousins Gregg and Mitchell Rechler, of R Squared LLC, includes the construction of 40 townhouses, an amenity building, a pool, a private marina and a sewage treatment system on 7.2-acres of canal property they own.
The Rechlers said that they will also restore the historic Canoe Plan Inn, transforming it into a catering facility, complete with a 200-seat restaurant with bar area, and 20 units for overnight accommodations.
The project, has the hamlet of Hampton Bays split with numerous residents voicing support and just as many voicing opposition.
While many residents feel the project will be a boon to the community, others, including residents nearby to the proposed site, say the septic system will drain right into the backyards. Others feel that Tiderunners, a restaurant that sites within the boundaries of the project must be saved from destruction.
Meanwhile, the Reichers have stated that if they can't obtain a zone change to build out their project, they will build what is permitted under current zoning, including restaurants and hotels.
Last Tuesday's public hearing will continue on October 22 at 6:00 p.m.