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Rechlers Start Clean-Up of Canoe Place Inn Property

The Rechlers will also be on hand at the Hampton Bays Beautification Committee meeting at 7 p.m. to discuss their project.

Sitting idle and awaiting a site plan approval from the Town of Southampton, the historic Canoe Place Inn in Hampton Bays remains untouched, weathered and dilapidated. Most recently, Hampton Bays residents deemed the site an eyesore.

Without a site plan approval, however, there isn't much the owners of the property - cousins  - can do.

In meantime, according to Lloyd Singer, spokesman for the Rechlers, the owners are removing debris from the inside of the night club so they can proceed with field verifications. 

Singer says that field verifications allow them to take measurements to properly assess the state of the interior of the building.

Currently, the Rechlers are in the process of responding to an environmental impact statement as part of their site plan process.

In June, the town held a public hearing on the Rechler's project, which calls for the restoration of Canoe Place Inn and the purchase Pine Barrens credits through the town's so they can build 40 townhouses on the canal.

During the hearing, those in support said there is a clear public benefit that will result from the project, while those against it said the Rechlers are "bribing" the public by agreeing to restore Canoe Place Inn.

The Rechlers will be on hand at a Hampton Bays Beautification meeting at 7 p.m. at the . Members of the newly formed plan to be in attendance.

Hampton Bays September 11, 2012 at 06:29 PM
The plan for the CPI sounds like a good plan that could be accomplished within the existing zoning law. It has nothing to do with the 7.2 acre property on the East Side of the canal, the site of two waterfront restaurants (Tide Runners and North One). The Town House Site is right on the Shinnecock Canal which feeds into both the Shinnecock Bay and the Peconic Bay. The spoil from 40 town house bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms, even if it is pumped across the street, will have a negative effect on the health of these two bodies of water. Anything that is built on that side of the canal should have to conform to existing zoning which allows a few seasonal waterfront restaurants or waterfront businesses and a 10 room motel unit which has not yet been built across the street east of the restaurants. A large parking lot, a house and a fishing tackle store are also currently located on the property. This site is on a very environmentally sensitive waterfront that currently provides restaurant patrons with views of the active Shinnecock Canal. These restaurants provide the area with a better public benefit than the 40 Town Houses provide. There is no need for a PDD for this site. Any updating or new construction should be accomplished within existing zoning laws. The problem with Hampton Bays continues to be too much population density adding another 40 closely packed town houses only adds to this density. This PDD should be rejected like the Tuckahoe PDD was rejected.
John Riggs September 11, 2012 at 06:46 PM
There is no way anyone can convince anybody that 40 townhomes inches from the canal will be safe to the environment. How can any Southampton Town Board member honestly accept any report that states that this is totally environmentally friendly and healthy for the community....healthy??? Bringing almost 200 new residents (40 homes x family of 4) into Hampton Bays who are most certainly not going to work in Hampton Bays is good for the community? Are you kidding me? Wait until one of the children from this development tries to cross the street on North Road. Lets see how the Southampton Town Board takes on this responsibility.
John Riggs September 11, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Talk about density...how about 40 homes on 5 acres??? Anyone have a problem with this??? http://www.southamptontownny.gov/filestorage/72/837/3269/5651/ConceptSitePlan-CanalProperties.pdf

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