Planning Board Continues To Review Proposal To Build New Bridgehampton Child Care Administration Building

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The Southampton Town Planning Board unanimously ruled last week that the site plan application for the demolition and construction of a new Bridgehampton Child Care & Recreational Center administration building. VALERIE GORDON

The Southampton Town Planning Board unanimously ruled last week that the site plan application for the demolition and construction of a new Bridgehampton Child Care & Recreational Center administration building more than twice its current size is complete.
The existing 2,688-square-foot building is slated to be torn down and replaced with a 7,828-square-foot building, complete with a full basement for storage, according to Southampton Town Planning records.

In order to accommodate the increase in the building’s footprint, the plan also calls for a reconfiguration of the 25-space parking lot, including eliminating one curb cut, according to Wayne Bruyn of O’Shea, Marcincuk & Bruyn in Southampton, who is representing the center.

Currently, according to Planning Department documents, the center’s executive director, Bonnie Cannon, shares her office with her assistant. There is also no designated office for the center’s administrative staff.

In a previous interview, Ms. Cannon said that the center currently employs eight year-round employees and five seasonal camp counselors during the summer. The expansion is intended to house two additional staff members, as well as to accommodate the center’s existing employees.

Additionally, the center accommodates 37 children — the added space is expected to increase that capacity by 20 children, depending upon enrollment, according to Planning Department documents.

The first floor of the proposed building will house a computer lab, separate executive offices, one classroom, and an outdoor porch. The second floor includes another classroom, a multipurpose room, conference room, and additional offices. The added conference rooms will allow for staff to provide one-on-one tutoring.

The center also offers after school and weekend activities, such as SAT prep, homework help, teen mentoring, and several clubs for math, scrabble and chess.

However, in order to move forward with the project, Assistant Town Engineer Thomas Houghton is requiring that the applicant provide a detailed stormwater pollution prevention plan.

Additional requirements include the specific limits and areas of ground disturbance during construction, a comparison of the current and proposed utilities, a fully detailed drainage plan, as well as a detailed description of how the applicant plans to repair the curb, sidewalk and shoulder following the parking lot reconfiguration.

At last week’s Planning Board meeting, Mr. Bruyn agreed to provide the requested information.

The Planning Board agreed that an environmental study under the State Environmental Quality Review Act was not needed for the project, and scheduled a public hearing for the complete site plan application on Thursday, September 12. A vote on the proposal will come sometime after.

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