The Long Island Rail Road recently made it clear to developers that it has no plans to revive a train stop in Water Mill—paving the way for a six-building hamlet center behind the Citarella shopping center on Montauk Highway where the stop was once located.
Bridgehampton Partners LLC, a development company owned by former Southampton Town Board member Dennis Suskind and builder William Koral, owns the thin 2-acre site at 50 Station Road and the former train station, which once housed the Station Road restaurant. The property runs parallel to the Long Island Rail Road’s Montauk line from Station Road to Nowedonah Avenue.
The new complex will have a “traditional hamlet community center streetscape with on-street parking, street trees and street lighting,” according to the applicants’ planning consultant, Kyle Collins of KCP Planning Services, who added that developments like this one were recommended in the town’s recent Water Mill Hamlet Study.
Mr. Collins told the Southampton Town Planning Board last week that he’d sent a packet with information on the project to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which owns the LIRR, asking for its opinion and whether it plans to reopen the station in the future. Mr. Collins said the MTA sent the packet back unopened and said “no thank you.”
The eastern half of the property is zoned hamlet office, and the western half is in the village business zoning district, and the 29 businesses that can be housed at the site will be split between offices and retail spaces along those lines.
The six two-story buildings would total 23,258 square feet, including the old train station. All will be built of traditional materials, including brick facades and shingled roofs, and will face a central street, according to the plans.
The developers intend to provide many points of access to the site, including through the existing shopping plaza to the south and from Station Road.
In their application to the Planning Board, Bridgehampton Partners estimated that 126 parking spaces would be required, according to town regulations. There are 36 parking spaces on the site now and the developers say they plan to ask for a waiver for 70 spaces. Town Planner Janice Scherer said the developers would also like to put together a shared parking agreement with the neighboring shopping center.
Members of the Planning Board agreed to be the lead agents in the state environmental review of the project.