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Canoe Place Inn plan to get formal review

Canoe Place Inn is located in Hampton Bays.

Canoe Place Inn is located in Hampton Bays. This photo was taken April 20, 2011. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

Efforts to renovate the historic Canoe Place Inn on the Shinnecock Canal in Hampton Bays into an inn and catering facility by creating a Maritime Planned Development District inched forward Tuesday night when the Southampton Town Board voted to hire Cashin Associates to complete its state-required environmental review and write a formal findings statement on the project. Cashin prepared the preliminary environmental review on the project.

The $16,250 cost of the work will be paid by R Squared Development, the firm that wants to build the project.

The proposed work includes converting the boarded-up inn into a modern 20-unit inn, adding a 300-seat catering facility and constructing a restaurant and 40 town houses.

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Five existing cottages on the property along the Shinnecock Canal would be converted into extended-stay guest units.

No completion date was set for the work.

Since the property was acquired by Gregg and Mitchell Rechler five years ago, the community generally has supported getting rid of the inn, which has become an eyesore, while also expressing concern the project is too big for the site, and that it could take business away from other local restaurants.

The inn is built on the site of a tavern constructed in 1739.

The current building was constructed in 1921, after the expanded inn was destroyed in a fire.

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