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Westhampton Beach Village Responds to Hamptons Business District Proposal

Say requested signs are too large and cite other issues.

At their monthly work session on Wednesday night, the Westhampton Beach Village Trustees discussed developers Greg and Mitchell Rechler’s proposal to create a business and technology center in the Hampton Business District at Gabreski Airport.

The Rechlers were on hand at a to field questions about the project, which is under the town of Southampton’s jurisdiction.

While the village does not have a direct say in what happens on the property, the trustees decided to send a letter to the town highlighting some issues they have with the project.

The trustees agreed that two 6-by-16-foot signs the Rechlers are asking to place at the entrance to the business district are simply too large.

Trustees also questioned the name, Hampton Business District, saying  it may confuse people as to where they are — Westhampton.

Trustee Hank Tucker, who is seeking re-election for his village seat, raised two other questions.

“Emergency services. I’d like to see their plan,” he said.

Tucker brought up the subject at the May 5 meeting, asking if the Rechlers would sit down with the village’s emergency services to work out a plan in case their services are ever need at the site. The Rechlers agreed to set something up.

Tucker also said he would like to see a transportation hub at the site. 

“Buses are very important. They are used by our residents and the surrounding community,” he said.

The Rechlers indicated they would explore a bus hub, but could not make any promises.

Currently, the Hampton Business District proposal is on hold while the town explores a request by the Rechlers to amend Gabreski Airport’s Planned Development District to allow for taller buildings.

Under existing legislation buildings can be 35 feet or two stories. The Rechlers have asked that the to allow for 43-foot tall buildings or three stories.

The Rechlers, who are also the developers of the property in Hampton Bays, are co-signers on a 40-year lease for the 430,000-square-foot business and technology center with Suffolk County.

al zass May 20, 2011 at 09:39 PM
will they again abandon this project as they did in their residential venture in Wainscott back in 85? or will the village stay strong and not grant them all their variances...wish they would finish one project at a time and see how that works out, either CPI or this one and then allow them to go forward....
Mario Minervini February 25, 2012 at 03:50 AM
Lets bring more jobs and businesses into our Long Island economy. Focus on the big plan here instead of giving new ideas a hard time.

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