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Feb 15, 2019 2:46 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Former Ross School Lower Campus In Bridgehampton Goes On The Market

Ross School annouced the sale of its Lower School campus in Bridgehampton.   PRESS FILE
Feb 15, 2019 2:46 PM

After announcing in the spring that it would consolidate all its students at its Upper School campus in East Hampton, the Ross School is now announcing the sale of its Lower School campus in Bridgehampton.

The 8.32-acre piece of property on Butter Lane is listed for $9.95 million by Compass Real Estate, with agent Lori Schiaffino, who is also the co-chair of the Ross School Board. Her daughter, Nicole Mabey, was one of the first students at the school, along with Nicole Ross, daughter of Ross School founder Courtney Ross, when the school opened in 1991.

The property started out as the home of the Hampton Day School more than 30 years ago, and then became the Morris Center, which then merged with Ross to become the Lower School in 2006.

The property includes five buildings totaling more than 43,000 square feet, above ground, with an additional 15,000 square feet below grade.

Ms. Schiaffino said on Friday that the property has been for sale for several months, but was only recently listed publicly. According to Ms. Schiaffino, the Ross School owns the property and plans to funnel the profits from the sale back into programs and other services at the Ross School.

Ross School administrators announced in the spring that they were closing the Bridgehampton campus, and Ms. Schiaffino said on Friday that having all students on one central campus was always the plan.

“That was always Courtney’s vision. It’s been going really well,” she said of the consolidation to one campus, which began this year. She added that the school split into two campuses years ago as a way to accommodate more students.

“At that point, it was a way for us to quickly get more kids in [the school],” she said. She added that as the years went by, the logistics of running two separate campuses in separate towns became difficult to manage.

“It’s just more efficient to run one campus,” she added. “It wasn’t an efficient way to operate.”

Ms. Schiaffino said that the East Hampton campus has sufficient space to house all its students and programs for the foreseeable future.

The future of the Bridgehampton property is still up in the air. Because it is zoned for use as an educational institution, its future use as one would represent the easiest transition for any prospective buyer. But because it is in a residential area, it could become a single-family home or even be subdivided, according to Dennis Finnerty of the Southampton Town Planning Board. He pointed out that it would not be easy to do either of those things, however, saying that it would likely require owners to go before the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals.

Both Mr. Finnerty and Ms. Schiaffino said they believed it would make the most sense for the property to continue to be used as an educational institutional.

“It could be many things,” Ms. Schiaffino said. “It would be nice if it would become another not-for-profit.”

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By V.Tomanoku (694), southampton on Feb 15, 19 5:47 PM
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By knitter (1624), Southampton on Feb 15, 19 6:55 PM
Probably make a good Catholic elementary and middle school.
Feb 18, 19 5:20 AM appended by VOS
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By VOS (1170), WHB on Feb 16, 19 5:20 AM
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