An ongoing effort to "Save CPI" will take steps forward on Tuesday as the first public hearing is held on the draft environmental impact statement. The hearing will be held at 1 p.m. at Southampton Town Hall.
A second hearing will be held on Sept. 10 regarding the change of zone necessary to move forward with the project.
Developers Gregg and Mitchell Rechler have pitched a proposed maritime planned development district that would translate into the preservation of the inn. A planned development district is a zoning tool that allows greater density on a parcel than is allowable by current zoning in exchange for a community benefit.
The plan calls for the purchase Pine Barrens credits through Southampton Town so 40 townhouses can be built on the canal.
Community benefits offered in exchange for the MPDD would be the renovated and restored CPI, as well as a boardwalk and financial contribution to the town for the purchase of open space, said Jim Morgo, a consultant on the project.
Other new facets to the plan include the boardwalk and the intention to use a Nitrex "state of the art wastewater treatement plant," and reduce the nitrogen impact on area waters, Morgo said.
For more information on the proposed planned development district, click here.
Morgo added that, in an "unprecedented" move, all major civic associations in Hampton Bays have come out in support of the plan, which, he said, they all agreed would "improve the quality of life in Hampton Bays."
Singer says that field verifications allowed them to take measurements to properly assess the state of the interior of the building.
In June of 2012 the town held a public hearing on the project.
During the hearing, those in support said there is a clear public benefit that will result from the project, while naysayers said they believed the Rechlers were "bribing" the public by agreeing to restore Canoe Place Inn.
What do you think of the proposed plan to save CPI? Are you in favor of the PDD? Or are you against the proposal? Share your thoughts with Patch in the comments section.