Deny ED40's Special Permit & DEC Permit for Membership Club Conversion, OR require NYS mandated Environmental Impact Statement due to negative environmental and “character of the community” impacts.
Reed Jones, Chairperson East Hampton Town Planning Board
Nancy Keeshan, Vice-Chairperson East Hampton Town Planning Board
Ian Calder-Piedmonte Board Member East Hampton Town Planning Board
Job Potter, Board Member East Hampton Town Planning Board
Robert Schaeffer, Board Member East Hampton Town Planning Board
Patrick Schutte, Board Member East Hampton Town Planning Board
Diana Weir, Board Member East Hampton Town Planning Board
Larry Cantwell, Supervisor East Hampton Town Board
Peter Van Scoyoc, Deputy Supervisor East Hampton Town Board
Sylvia Overby, Councilwoman East Hampton Town Board
Kathee Burke-Gonzalez, Councilwoman East Hampton Town Board
Fred Overton, Councilman East Hampton Town Board
Peter A. Scully, Regional Director NYS DEC
Fred Anders, Bureau Chief, NYS Department of State, Coastal Resource
John Whelan, Chairperson, EH Town Zoning Board of Appeals
Cathy Rogers, Vice-Chairperson, EH Town Zoning Board of Appeals
Don Cirillo, Board Member, EH Town Zoning Board of Appeals
Lee White, Board Member, EH Town Zoning Board of Appeals
David Lys, Board Member, EH Town Zoning Board of Appeals
Tim Bishop, US House of Representatives
Fred W. Thiele, NYS Assemblyman
Jay H. Schneiderman, Suffolk County Legislator
ED40 LLC, the anonymous owner(s) of the EAST DECK, filed an application with the East Hampton Planning Board to convert the 28-room East Deck Motel into a “private membership club” serving up to 537 people at any given time- a DRAMATIC INCREASE in historic use.
The application proposes to:
• Construct a 30,000-square-foot, two story building, reaching 35 feet tall with 5,574 square feet of decking. This building would house a new restaurant, bar, event space, and possibly more.
• Replace the 1,375-square-foot pool with an 8,000-square-foot pool
• Convert the existing motel structures totaling 10,239 square feet and 1,025 square feet of decking for use as a spa and cafe
• Add 63 parking spaces to the legally existing 37 parking spaces for a total of 100, some of which will be “below grade” (underground)
• Construct a new 1,317 square foot building for mechanicals and garbage storage
• Build a septic system to handle waste from 537 people totaling 5,000 gallons of waste per day
• Add 14 feet of fill to raise the septic system above the water table
A New York Times article dated August 1, 2014, stated the following (see link below):
“There is also some concern, based on the plans, that the new owners could try and annex much of the beach out front for private use, claiming that it is on their property.“
The scale, scope and intensification of property use of this large commercial project located in a severe FEMA Hazard Flood Zone, within a residential community, and contiguous to one of the most famous recreational beaches on the East Coast, raises very serious environmental concerns and promises to dramatically change the character of the community. This plan fails to meet EH Town Code Special Permit and NYS DEC approval standards, nor is it consistent with the EH Town Comprehensive Plan whose goals govern development in a manner that, along with other protections, maintains the “character and unique qualities of our community” and protects our environment.
Media Coverage on ED40, LLC
August 1, 2014 New York Times “Montauk for Members Only” “…the new owners could try and annex much of the beach out front for private use, claiming that it is on their property.”
August 7, 2014 East Hampton Star Editorial “Ditch Plain Plan is a Non-starter”
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