A nautical style. Large windows. A variety of storefront signs.
These are some of the most coveted design details for the new Hampton Bays overlay district, according to those who live in the hamlet. On Monday night, about 40 residents piled into the Southampton Town Community Center on Ponquogue Avenue in Hampton Bays to discuss the type of architecture they would like to see when the hamlet is redeveloped.
The meeting was run by the town’s Planning Department and Historical Concepts Architecture and Planning, the Georgia-based architect hired to help the town create a “pattern book”—an illustrated guide for potential property owners and architects to see what type of businesses and buildings, including design elements and allowable heights, the community thinks would benefit the neighborhood.
After a brief presentation, attendees at the meeting were sent to seven different tables to look at pictures of storefronts and buildings from other neighborhoods to give the architects and town planners an idea of what should go into the pattern book.
Mary Pazan of Hampton Bays said she hopes to see a lot of greenery in her hometown, as well as “country-style” buildings. She explained that she likes light-colored buildings with a variety of roof styles, because it feels like something one would see in a small community—as opposed to tall brick buildings, which remind her of Queens.
“We learned a lot about architectural styles,” Ms. Pazan said, reflecting on the meeting. “It was an educational and fun exercise.”
Sandy Sullivan, a longtime Hampton Bays resident, added that she would like to see more attractive signs in the hamlet. She pointed to a picture of a street with a range of looks, with some signs resting flat against buildings, while others were perpendicular to them.
“The King Kullen shopping center signage is terrible,” Ms. Sullivan said, explaining that she doesn’t like that the signs are the same size.
Geraldine Spinella of Hampton Bays said she would like to see Main Street look more like Jobs Lane in Southampton Village. She likes how there is space between the buildings, large windows and structures that vary in size and shape.
“It shouldn’t be too modern,” Ms. Spinella said.
Revitalization in Hampton Bays is something that has been on the town’s docket for several years. The first step will be creating the pattern book, then town officials will continue to solicit feedback about the architectural designs by posting a survey on its website sometime this week. All Hampton Bays residents are encouraged to complete the survey, which will help the town create a detailed report of what the community has and would need in the new zoning districts.
The area in question would include a stretch of Montauk Highway from Good Ground Road in the south to Good Ground Park in the north, and from Springville to Ponquogue roads going west to east. Currently, the entire area is zoned for village business use, but the new overlay zones would open new business opportunities.