Southampton Village Hall Renovation Hits A Bump

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The installation of a new elevator at Southampton Village Hall, the first phase of a renovation project, has been pushed back until after Labor Day, the village confirmed this week.

The project, which was supposed to start at the end of August, was postponed while supplies for the new elevator shaft were being ordered. According to Southampton Village Administrator Stephen Funsch, the renovation is ready to go, otherwise, and the walls on the second and third floors have already been taken down to accommodate it.

The new elevator will be part of a refurbishment of the upper two floors of Village Hall, each 3,100 square feet, on Main Street. While the first floor is occupied by village government offices, the upstairs space has sat vacant since 2001, when the Southampton Village Police Department left to move to a new facility on Windmill Lane. Once the project is complete, the village plans to move the Building Department from its Hill Street location into the second floor. Village officials are in negotiations with the Peconic Public Broadcasting radio station to rent the third floor.

The project is being paid for with a $500,000 bond also being used to refurbish the Lake Agawam memorial. It is expected to take about 10 months to complete.

Plans for the second floor include several offices, a conference room, computer and telephone center, and a customer service area. The third floor will be configured to the needs of the tenant. Both the second and third floors will get new drywall and new carpeting. Most of the renovation work, including drywalling and carpet installation, will be completed by village employees, but specialists will be hired to install new HVAC and fire suppression systems.

According to Mr. Funsch, the first phase of the renovation project will be to install the elevator in the front corner of Village Hall. It will reach all three floors. The elevator project is now slated to begin early to mid September. The shaft will be installed by JAID Construction of Richmond Hill at a cost of $65,000, and the elevator itself will be installed by All-Ways Elevator in Bohemia for $55,000.

While the elevator shaft is being installed, the Main Street entrance to Village Hall will be closed off, and one village parking space, located behind Village Hall, will be used to house a Dumpster for debris.

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