A Vision Plan that transforms East Hampton Village into a walkable, year-round, place for all residents
Backyard Cottages: 600 sf to 12 sf studio, one and two bedroom cottages occupy the backyard of existing homes with their backs facing a common small park.
Reutershan Square: The existing single-use parking area is transformed to become a multi-use town square. Solar canopies edge the playing fields and provide shaded outdoor space for tailgating games and events, farm-stands, and pop-ups. Second and third story apartments fill upper floor gaps in the fabric. And the supermarket is relocated to Newtown Lane -- both reinforcing the street facade and creating a larger contiguous parking area.
Newtown Center: The existing lumberyard, currently occupying a central lot across the street from the train station, will be transformed into a civic and recreational area. Light manufacturing, and commercial uses, small shops and food venues geared to year-round use and residents will occupy adjacent blocks. A small plaza across the street from the train station will provide core functions related to train travel.
Farmville: An existing low-use lot at the end of Railroad avenue, and on the edge of existing farmland, will house facilities for small-market farming, educational farming, farm-to-table restaurant and green-houses. Across the street, a low-use triangular lot will receive two, three and four story row-houses with retail below.
Restore Forward: 2018 village plan for East Hampton. A combination of infill housing, backyard cottages, transformative block building, multi-use town square, recreation and civic facilities, and waste-water treatment is distributed within the village core of East Hampton. Density and usage is spread away from the current commercial core towards Railroad avenue and the train station, allowing spaces and facilities for year-round residents and uses to breathe new life into the village, transforming it into a walkable place with year-round attractions.
Our Vision Plan for East Hampton Village
(presented at the Parrish Museum & EH Village Board of Trustees)
1/9 Culture Triangle: anchored by the Middle School, the block across from the supermarket, between Newtown lane and the train track, will include a new Guild Hall annex (entered through 66 Newtown lane, where Babette's is; 66 Newtown itself will become part of the museum, the ground floor housing Babette's, bookstore, galleries, etc, and admin offices above); the block will also include a satellite library, and a technology fabrication lab. A first step in transforming the village from a luxury shopping zone to a vital, vibrant, community-serving environment.
2/9 Year round farming right in the village: extend Long lane farms along the train track to the intersecting tip of Newtown lane & Railroad ave., with farm-houses, green-houses, and farm-to-table venues. Mark the tip with a windmill, a nod to the historic windmill in the village, and the restoring of our historic environmental values. With little effort, farms and farming is brought right into the center of the village, reclaiming their rightful places in our economy. An apartment house at the western end of RR ave will house seasonal workforce for village businesses and the farm — in close proximity to the train station.
3/9 Transform Reutershan parking lot to a Town Square with adjacent park: re-pave the surface of the lot, remove the hedge boundary to the park, and replace with a solar canopy, that provides shade for (parked cars or) pop-up markets, and tailgating while watching a school game. Run the canopy along the southern edge of the park, to long term parking, creating a safe and pleasant passage between village center and Gingerbread lane. Split the Park into a playing field, and a ‘People Park’ for use by community at large.
4/9 Extend the loop that starts in the new Town Square to the YMCA and the current block that houses a lumberyard (which is an incredible community asset, but will most likely want to find a place more convenient for its deliveries and customers), across the street from the train station. Now, facing the train station will be a welcome center, farm-to-table pop-ups, recreation and day-care facilities, and an adjacent post-office and pharmacy.
5/9 Stop polluting our aquifers with toxic waste: build an ecological sewage treatment, a ‘Living Machine’, that mimics the cleansing functions of natural tidal wetlands and produces clean potable water. Nutrients and beneficial by-products from the clean-up process will be distributed in the adjacent farms. Finally, new juice bars, cafes, and other amenities, unhindered by Health Department non-approvals for new septic systems, will sprout around town allowing for pedestrian activity to be dispersed beyond the one-block limit of current venues.
6/9 Micro- and Inexpensive housing right in the village: much like the central core of Sag Harbor, places like Rector street, allow for accessory apartments (sheds, lean-tos, barns, and cottages) to be built between existing single-family homes off Newtown lane (between Muchmore lane and Herrick Park); owned by home-owners, giving them an income opportunity, while providing space for small families and individuals to live in the village — giving it the vibrancy that it used to have.
7/9 Small incremental proposals, all of which are imminently feasible, which together create a strategy for a sustainable, equitable, vibrant future village much like its past.
8/9 Newtown lane will serve as a new active main street, directing pedestrian traffic away from rte 27 and towards Long lane farms. East Hampton Village will find breathing room and be able to extend itself in ways that serve the community while decongesting traffic.
9/9 Home Sweet Home.