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Jul 5, 2019 1:56 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Tupper Boathouse Work Goes Out To Bid For A Second Time

Jul 9, 2019 12:16 PM

Southampton Town officials are giving it another go in their search for a contractor to stabilize, lift and reconstruct portions of the Tupper Boathouse in North Sea, after failing to obtain an acceptable bid for the project earlier this year.

During a previous attempt, bids were due on March 27, and only one was received—it was for $1,588,114 and was submitted by LoDuca Associates. The bid was over budget and “not in the best interest of the town,” according to a resolution to open the project back up to bidders.

The town expects to spend just over $1 million on the dilapidated Tupper Boathouse, which dates back to the 1930s and is located near Conscience Point, where the first English settlers landed in Southampton.

Prior to the boathouse’s construction, the area where it sits was a port area and place for the first expansion of the Southampton settlement in the 1650s, according to a 2013 report completed by the Southampton Town Landmarks and Historic Districts Board.

Edwin “Ned” Tupper operated the boathouse until 1959, and during that period wooden boats were constructed, stored and sold. But the building was sold in 1959, and after that it was used as a dining and entertainment establishment.

One of the establishments was called Conscience Point Inn. In 2001, Lizzie Grubman, a wealthy Manhattan socialite, backed up her SUV at a very high speed into a crowd waiting to get into the club—16 people were sent to the hospital, and Ms. Grubman spent several weeks in jail.

Today, the building sits boarded up and in disrepair on a 3.9-acre parcel along the banks of North Sea Harbor. It was declared a historic landmark in 2015, and the Town Board vowed to preserve it.

According to the scope of work filed with the town clerk’s office, the buildings on the site need quite a bit of work done.

Some of the work to be completed on the boathouse includes removing the second floor of the west terrace, removing deteriorated wall shingles and sheathing, lifting the boathouse above the flood level, stabilizing the building for future use and weatherproofing it to avoid further deterioration.

A cottage also sits on the site, which will be completely demolished and rebuilt without a crawl space that currently exists there.

Many things are expected to be salvaged from both buildings, including a brick chimney attached to the cottage and shutters and windows at the boathouse.

While the work is expected to cost roughly $1 million, the town received a grant from the State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation in the amount of $854,780, according to Director of Municipal Works Christine Fetten.

She added that the town set aside $200,000 in the capital budget to put toward the project.

The town is offering a pre-bid meeting and walk-through of the facility at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 15. Bids are due by Wednesday, July 24, at 2 p.m., at which point they will be opened and read at Town Hall.

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Another waste of Town money.
By A Great American (103), East Quogue on Jul 6, 19 12:35 AM
Maybe the Grubman family is interested in making a donation.
By VOS (1238), WHB on Jul 6, 19 2:05 AM
Municipal Works Christine Fetten is to the Tupper Boathouse what pseudo historian Zach Studenroth was to the Pyrrhus Concer House. Once again our local community is screwed. Vote this awful Town Board out & replace their horrible appointees..
By themarlinspike (538), Northern Hemisphere on Jul 6, 19 8:29 AM
This is once again the inevitable result of the town doing everything it can to destroy waterfront resort businesses. What was an income producing, tax paying property is now another white elephant set up to suck funds from tax payers coffers. ATH and friends were exceptional at this kind of monument building without regard for the consequences.
By bird (827), Sag Harbor on Jul 6, 19 8:44 AM
Jay and group (SHTB) do a great job following ATH taking what was a great idea of CPF for open space to buy everything and anything to harm communities to protect you from developers. Funny, they take money from these developers in form of political contributions. Dirty and nasty!. Many projects get PILOTs but others do not. This local govt is over reaching and CPF needs to stop. Southampton cannot manage what they already have. .
By Hamptonsway (107), Southampton on Jul 8, 19 8:46 PM
Jay and group (SHTB) do a great job following ATH taking what was a great idea of CPF for open space to buy everything and anything to harm communities to protect you from developers. Funny, they take money from these developers in form of political contributions. Dirty and nasty!. Many projects get PILOTs but others do not. This local govt is over reaching and CPF needs to stop. Southampton cannot manage what they already have and can never get a bid correct. .
By Hamptonsway (107), Southampton on Jul 8, 19 8:51 PM
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Such a shame that this building has been left to rot. While nobody wants to return to the days of the Conscience Point Inn, why not allow a dining and bar establishment to flourish here. The area is prime for it. There is a dearth of waterfront options east of the Shinnecock Canal and there are various examples of these types of places working well in residential areas (e.g., SALT on Shelter Island). It's time to bring back some commercial thinking and tax revenues to Southampton. This once great ...more
By MichaelMiller (1), North Sea, New York on Sep 5, 19 3:56 PM
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That would be a great use ! Better hurry up , the building is rotting away day by day.
By bigfresh (4654), north sea on Sep 5, 19 4:46 PM
Tear. It. Down. Prob cost around 20 grand. Haul it away and build a playground for the kids.
By CaptainSig (716), Dutch Harbor on Sep 5, 19 5:20 PM