The darkened former bowling alley, which sits at 78 Sunset Avenue in Westhampton Beach, is close to being transformed into retail space, complete with a 50-seat restaurant.
The owners of the property, Sunset West, LLC, based out of Manhattan, are close to obtaining approvals a project to reconstruct the 20,000 square-foot building to serve year-round businesses.
According to Paul Houlihan, the village's building administrator, Sunset West, LLC need to only compete a storm water mitigation plan and obtain a special exception permit for the restaurant portion of the project, which Houlihan said will be subject of a public hearing on April 4 at village hall.
"I expect that they will obtain the permit," said Houlihan, noting that there are no issues related to parking that would prevent the application from being approved.
Once the renovation project is complete, Houlihan said it will be "beautiful," meeting the village's new design standards.
The outside of the building, he said, will feature indentations that will give the appearance of six stores on all sides of the building.
Inside, a large corridors with skylights will be constructed, which will lead to two wet stores, eight retail shops, two offices and the 50-seat restaurant.
Houlihan said the inside will have a mall-type feel.
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