Historic Former Library up for Rent [Empty in Southampton]

What business would you like to see at 11 Jobs Lane, the building most recently known as the Parrish Art Museum's Carroll Petrie Center for Education?

The original home of the Rogers Memorial Library, 11 Jobs Lane, found a second life as an auxiliary building for the Parrish Art Museum after the library moved to a new facility on Coopers Farm Road in 2000.

Then this spring, in preparation for the Parrish's imminent relocation to Water Mill, the museum sold the building.  Now the new owner, Jon Sobel, plans to rent it out for a commercial use, said the real estate broker, Morley Quatroche Jr., on Friday.

“It’s best suited probably for a national retailer because it's got almost 76,000 square feet on two floors, so it's going to take a national retailer to really make it great,” Quatroche said.

The building is zoned "village business" and capable for "dry" uses such as retail or offices, he explained. That means that "wet" uses such as a salon or food service are out.

Because of the building's historic nature, there are a number of covenants protecting the facade and windows from alteration, Quatroche said. But he expects that any tenant who moves in will conduct a major renovation of the interior, he said, noting that it is typical for commercial tenants to get break on rent when they pour their own money into the infrastructure.

The Victorian Gothic building, designed by R.H. Robertson, was erected in 1895 and opened to the public in 1896, according to the library. An extension was added in 1915, by designed by Grosvenor Atterbury.

Quatroche said the goal is to find a long-term tenant, of at least 10 years, and he has already been speaking with national businesses that want to expand their base to the Hamptons.

The former library is situated right next to the soon-to-be-former Parrish building. Southampton Village officials are planning for the newly established Southampton Center for the Arts to take over that space, at 25 Jobs Lane.

"It will be a huge benefit to have that next to the building," Quatroche said, also pointing out that 11 Jobs Lane is across the street from the historic clock tower building where J. Mclaughlin is located.

What business would you like to see move into 11 Jobs Lane? Or do you have a different idea for the building altogether? Weigh in by leaving a comment below.

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michael Paraskevas September 21, 2012 at 07:15 PM
I'm hoping for a Costco or maybe Sam's Club.. How about Walmart... or let's get real and get a Sabarro's Pizza place in there.
Daniel September 21, 2012 at 08:53 PM
"was erected in 1985 and opened to the public in 1896" fyi... It was opened 111 years before it was built?
Stinker September 21, 2012 at 09:13 PM
This is such complete and unadulterated Bull$hit! We were told and you can look up the quotes, I wish the Patch would post them in an update...but we were told that this underhanded deal that the Parish board gave to this skunk at half the going rate was because he was connected to the Museum and had promised to install an appropriate tenant considering that the legacy the family left Southampton to protect was not another retail chain to further destroy the character of the Village's business district. Now we know who the friends of this Village really include and its not the Parrish and some of the others in this article. Even this free market freak has his limits.
Ralebird September 21, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Okay, Stink - Please give us the short list of what you see as an "appropriate tenant". Make sure it is self-sufficient and at the very least revenue neutral for the village. Go!
Brendan J. O'Reilly (Editor) September 21, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Jocelyn commented via Southampton Patch's Facebook page: " how about a "mini mall" for local businesses and artists to showcase their wares? Like the old Limelight in NYC." Thomas said, "Remember doing book reports there when I was a kid... Then my kids had art displays there .. I hope it goes to Good use"
Brendan J. O'Reilly (Editor) September 22, 2012 at 01:46 AM
Make that 1895...
Stinker September 22, 2012 at 09:46 AM
GJ, you read my post then ask me to give you a short list of what I see as an appropriate tennant? Ok, let me get this straight. There is a very old and historically unique building on Jobs Lane is SH that was given to the village The unlisted building was recently sold in a backroom deal by the museum to a board member at a fraction of the cost the building would have sold for (anti-trust violation?) There was an uproar as one should expect when a community supported museum decides to surprise the community by announcing the building has been sold without any fair market involvement while providing the ''Classic, Condescending Parrish Art Museum Pat on the Head'' press releasing how they have everything figured out not to worry that this inside job was done because the insider agreed to ''do the right thing''. Which can obviously mean many things to many people. They implied that they would preserve character and the legacy of the family and building - not sure about self-sufficient or revenue neutral to the village but all of a sudden we actually have to think about this nonsense...revenue neutral to the village means increase taxes if income is low....so when I, as a concerned citizen points out that the entire village has been duped by Morley and the Museum and now you are going to get a bed bath and beyond or a K-Mart in the old library - you come after me? Since when did lying to the public, under the table deals and fraud become art? You deserve better gj no?
Ralebird September 22, 2012 at 04:13 PM
I did NOT come after you, read it again. I agree with almost everything you wrote but the building was always privately owned and was never given to the village although the intent of the original owners may very well have been to give it to the people of the village and the surrounding area. I'll ask again, what do you see as an appropriate use for the building today that won't cost us money?
josh September 22, 2012 at 04:28 PM
It's going to be very tough to rent the old library as retail space since retailers want big window display areas to show their goods. Since its a historic building you wont be able to punch windows in the exterior walls. Also its not 76,000 square feet, its more like 15,000 square feet.
Stinker September 22, 2012 at 06:11 PM
You know what would be a good use of that building? A little alcatraz - a holding tank for a'holes and wastoids. We can put bars on the windows and sentence drunk divers and small time criminals to hard time in the rogers memorial/parrish holding penn. and like alcatraz, the people enjoying their freedom and carrying on with the activities of their every day life will be painfully evident to the unconscious partiers who couldn't slip under the radar.
Brendan J. O'Reilly (Editor) September 22, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Oops, I had one too many zeros there. It should have read 7,600 square feet. I have fixed it now.
The Hamptons Dance Authority September 22, 2012 at 09:57 PM
As the owner of the Southampton franchise of the 100 year old Arthur Murray Dance Centers, I believe that a landmark like this would be ideal for our Dance Center. And it's located next to other art industries as well!!! Unfortunately, I've heard that retail space in Southampton Village is almost impossible for a small business to afford... even for something as elite as Class A Ballroom Dance Instruction.
Billy J September 23, 2012 at 10:06 AM
Turn it into Thaneuil Hall South and let private citizens fill it with booths and sell their crafts all year round. Our local citizens make beautiful objects from driftwood, nice paintings and unique foodstuffs with a Hampton's twist. Live music from time to time on the steps and various booths for small food items which would rotate depending on the season. Open the entire thing up and rent small spaces to vendors and let provide the local artisans and those with a creative gene to exhibit, make some money and increase our local, civic pride.
The Hamptons Dance Authority September 23, 2012 at 03:05 PM
That's "Faneuil Hall" from downtown Boston, MA and that's a fantastic idea for the ground level! I'd be interested in the upper level.
Billy J September 23, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Yeah, that's what I meant, A Faneuil Hall type of arrangement. Lots of local artisans and you could get that woman who does the sillouettes and locals could use it to launch products and someday maybe make it big after some big nyc stud finds it and loves it. historical look and feel could be preserved, local breweries, cheese makers, icecream makers and breadmakers would be the only people there, locals exclusively. lots of artists here in this area that cannot afford a shop on jobs lane. time to give the opportunity to the litter person in a wonderfully attractive corner which would attract more attention and activity. I can see it now. And so can you. Let's get on it!
muskrat March 29, 2013 at 05:22 PM
Local artisans sounds like an excellent idea as rents on Jobs Lane and Main Street are prohibitive. A variety of local vendors in there would be intriguing and give new business people an opportunity to showcase their wares. Personally I have always thought the place would be a perfect spot for a small, low key cafe - not one of the loud nightclubs so dear to the Village Board's hearts - though I realize it's not zoned for restaurant use. As the village was perfectly willing to have allowed the Parrish to run a cafe next door had it stayed, perhaps it might consider allowing a wet use so that artisans could use the space to prepare their goods for sale. They would certainly need sinks for clean up. The building itself has covenants on it that protect the facade and roof as seen from Main St and Jobs La. It is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


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