Bridgehampton Gateway Discussion Returns

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The development of the Bridgehampton Gateway property has returned to the Southampton Town Planning Board, which last week took its first look at a proposal by Carol Konner and Eric Friedlander to develop approximately 8.1 acres on the south side of Montauk Highway across the street from the Bridgehampton Commons shopping center and north of Kellis Pond.

The property is mostly zoned for highway business uses, which could include furniture stores, auto dealerships and restaurants. The current plans call for an Equinox gym to anchor development of the site.

The development, which is still in the preliminary stages, was discussed briefly at a planning board meeting on Thursday, but board members said they would like to discuss it at greater length on Thursday, November 16, when the board meets again at Town Hall at 2 p.m.
The Gateway became a lightning rod for criticism when the town, working with Ms. Konner, tried to proceed with a planned development district that would have called for a mixed-use development of the site including both retail space and apartments, a portion of which would have been earmarked as affordable.

Bridgehampton residents, who originally supported the PDD concept as a way to move a proposed CVS Pharmacy from the corner of Montauk Highway and the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, eventually soured on the idea when they concluded it would allow too much development on the site. Ms. Konner then withdrew her support of the PDD and pledged to develop the property according to its underlying zoning.

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