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CPI Developers Intend to Integrate Public Comment Into Final Plan

How would you like to see the developers amend their plan?

Credit: File photo
Credit: File photo
Developers of the controversial Canoe Place Inn project, Gregg and Mitchell Rechler informed the public during a public hearing Tuesday night that they intend to "integrate public comment into their final plan."

"We are respectful of all the public's comments," said Gregg. "We will take all of these comments from the public, the planning department and related agencies and pull them together and come back with a holistic approach."

What that approach will be is unclear as during the hearing, which was the 4th and final as part of the SEQRA process, community members continued to disagree on the future of the property.

As it stands, the project calls for restoration the historic Canoe Place Inn in exchange for a zone change to build 40 town homes on the canal property in Hampton Bays. The developers have also offered to preserve open space in another area of town.

Similar to prior hearings, community members debated the merits of preserving Canoe Place Inn in exchange for density. While some residents, including Bruce King and Brenda Bernstein and her son, felt that the project is good for Hampton Bays, others, including Barbara Pierson argued that the potential for social and cultural harm to the area outweighs and potential public benefit.

With numerous residents speaking both in support and opposition of the project, the town board voted to close the SEQRA portion of the hearing with a 30-day comment period. The zone change portion of the hearing was left open and will be revisited at a hearing that is set for January 28 at town hall at 6 p.m.

Patch wants to know: How would you like to see the developers amend their plan? Comment below.

Hbjoker December 12, 2013 at 11:16 AM
I would like to see them demolish the cpi!
New Guy December 12, 2013 at 12:39 PM
Leave it the way it is the highway looks great. I would shop here, yeah right.
scott bolster December 14, 2013 at 01:12 PM
Whatever happens to the CPI does not justify the Rechler's plan for the eastern Canal parcel. If you do not want the entrance to the Hamlet turned over to millionaire out of towners, it is very important to communicate your opposition to the both the Town Board and the Rechler's during the 30 day comment period. Hampton Bays residents will forever lose access to the Eastern canal waterfront to 40 independent owners. Lets not forget these developers also plan to port the Townhome wastewater offsite, uphill and into a neighboring residential community. As you can imagine, the neighbors are not happy! The community should work together to help prevent the developer's lack of foresight.

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