Hampton Bays Civic Association members said they will fight to reduce the size of a TD Bank proposed for the intersection of East Tiana Road and West Montauk Highway in the hamlet, during their monthly meeting on Monday night.
The plan for the bank, which will feature a large illuminated mural that can be viewed from Montauk Highway at night, was submitted last Thursday to the Southampton Town Planning Board by architect Douglas Cohen of Bergmann Associates, based in Pennsylvania, and Water Mill attorney Michael G. Walsh.
During Monday night’s meeting at the Southampton Town Community Center on Ponquogue Avenue, civic members voted to approve a list of suggestions that they believe will help the new bank better fit in with the hamlet’s character, including pushing the building back from Montauk Highway and dimming the outdoor lighting.
Hampton Bays Civic Association President Mary Jean Green noted that though it was too late to stop the project, members could still offer suggestions to improve the building’s facade and limit its environmental impact. One of the suggestions was to reduce the height of the building, which appears to be two stories although it is only one story.
“The waste of energy here is excruciating,” Ms. Green said. “[The building] is so expensive to heat and so hideous.”
Civic members are also calling for the building to adhere to green building standards, in accordance with Southampton Town’s initiative to become sustainable.
“They should at least do what they’ve done with the new school,” said Vice President Bruce King, referring to the new $42 million Hampton Bays Middle School on Ponquogue Avenue that has been certified by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.
Civic members are also calling for the developers to reduce the number of drive-thru lanes from three lanes to either one or two. The original plan proposed four drive-thru lanes for the bank.
Ms. Green noted that she had successfully petitioned the Southampton Town Planning Board to keep the public hearing on the application open until the board’s meeting on February 26. She also encouraged group members to stay informed of the situation by watching that meeting on Sea TV.