East Hampton Town is purchasing 2.7 acres of privately owned property for $3 million to provide an additional 80 municipal parking spaces in Amagansett’s business district and construct a small park nearby.
Supervisor Larry Cantwell said in an interview Tuesday that he hopes to have the additional parking available by next summer and that the property is being bought from Herbert Field and his son, Thomas.
After a Sept. 1 public hearing on the parking plan, town board members decided to make the purchase after residents expressed support for the sale. The new parking area would be an extension of the municipal lot off Main Street.
Rona Klopman, an Amagansett resident who said more parking is sorely needed in the business area, called the plan “fabulous.”
Cantwell said there are not enough spots to accommodate the vehicles of customers and workers in the district, or residents who want to park in the municipal lot and then walk to the jitney that goes to Manhattan. “Parking there has been a long-standing problem,” he said. “This will be a substantial improvement.”
Cantwell said there are “about 150” parking spaces available in the municipal lot and that the additional parking will complement other upgrades to the business district, including a comfort station with two urinals and a stall for the men’s bathroom, and a women’s bathroom with three stalls. The restroom project is underway and is expected to be completed in the fall.
Other improvements include the planned resurfacing of the existing parking lot once the comfort station project is completed.
Cantwell said the design for the additional parking spaces and small park has not been determined, but said, “We’re proposing on about 1.3 acres to build an 80-car parking lot, and the other half would be the park.”
Klopman said in an interview Tuesday that the park would be a huge bonus.
“We don’t have a park in Amagansett, so that would be great,” she said.
Cantwell said a closing date on the property had not been set, but that the town has a contract to purchase it.
The parking lot will be paid for with $1.125 million in municipal funds that Cantwell said will be borrowed, and the park will be funded with $1.875 million in Community Preservation Fund money.