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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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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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