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Where Are the Eyesores in Southampton?

Tell us where the poorly maintained buildings are and find out what you can do about them.

An ill-managed, dilapidated home or building can be a source of unwanted attention in local communities. 

Through our "Empty in Southampton" and "Empty in Westhampton-Hampton Bays" series, Patch has taken a look at some of these blighted properties and asked residents about their potential future use. However, we are sure there are a few more "eyesores" out there that haven't been brought to our attention yet.

Contacting the Town of Southampton's building or code enforcement departments is a way residents can help take care of blighted properties. 

Under Southampton Town Code, unsafe buildings are addressed in Chapter 128 and property maintenance is addressed in Chapter 261.

Southampton town officials recognize that a blighted property can have a negative impact on surrounding properties, homes or business, and that they have a right to step in and change. In section 128-2 it reads: 

"A building or structure or equipment therein shall be deemed to be unsafe or unsanitary if found to be dangerous to life, health, property or safety of the public or occupants. Such condition may be as a result of a lack of provision of minimum safeguards to protect or warn occupants in the event of fire, or because such structure is unsanitary or vermin or rat infested, contains filth and contamination or lacks ventilation, illumination, sanitary or heating facilities or other essential equipment required by this article, or contains unsafe equipment or nonfunctioning equipment that is so damaged, decayed, dilapidated, structurally unsafe or unsound that partial collapse is possible. For purposes of this chapter, 'structure' is anything constructed or erected on or under the ground or upon another structure or building, excluding walkways and driveways. 'Structure' includes the word 'building.' All such buildings and structures are hereby declared to be illegal and are prohibited and shall be abated by repair and rehabilitation or by demolition and removal in accordance with the procedures of this chapter."

Chapter 261-1 addresses property maintenance and reads:

"Consistent with the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code and the standards contained therein, it is hereby declared by the Town Board of the Town of Southampton that all improved properties shall be maintained in conformity with the provisions of this chapter so as to assure the desirable character of the property, to prevent blight and the spread thereof and to prevent hazards to the public health, safety and welfare."

On Monday, Councilman Chris Nuzzi and Councilwoman Christine Preston Scalera announced on violators of the town's rental law; the issue spotlights quality of life concerns.

For questions or concerns regarding the town's code, residents can call 631-283-6000.

Do you have any building or homes in your community that are eyesores that you think belong on the blighted buildings list? If so, tell us where in the comment section below.

Jaguar-Guy August 22, 2012 at 10:44 AM
That is a dangerous place to drive - to many workers there, too many cars and trucks, and too many of those guys darting in and out of traffic running between McDonald's and 7-11.
John jones August 22, 2012 at 11:23 AM
Southampton post office. The entire north sea rd at county rd 4 corners. The awful metal posts and string along north sea rd. the building on windmill lane across from firehouse.
John jones August 22, 2012 at 11:26 AM
Oh yeah, nardy pest control. How could I forget the former gmc dealership.
Jillian August 22, 2012 at 11:35 AM
Public restrooms in Village of Southampton. Disgraceful. The town should spend money to upgrade these facilities. They collect enough from parking and speeding tickets given to visitors who spend big bucks in the local businesses.
bob michaels August 22, 2012 at 11:41 AM
The old CPI is a blighted eyesore. Also the abandoned buildings next to it are vermin infested with squatters.
bay side August 22, 2012 at 01:42 PM
The facade on Squiretown restaurant in Hampton Bays is an eyesore in our town.The restaurant should be boycotted. With the prices they charge they should be able to afford a coat of paint.
Faustina August 22, 2012 at 02:19 PM
The Edward Corrigan dilapidated barn and storage area corner of Dodge Street & Bishops Lane with its rusted machinery and illegal workers' cars, heavy equipment. landscaper trucks and anything else they want to dump there. This half acre or more is alongside their house! The house of the former head of the Southampton Planning Commission. This is in the center of a residential area.
Jaguar-Guy August 22, 2012 at 02:50 PM
The building between Shippy's and Tuscan House, across from the Southampton Fire House is a disaster and right in the middle of the Village. All boarded up and abandoned years now.
Frances Genovese August 22, 2012 at 03:25 PM
You must be living in Oz: Residents should "contact the building and enforcement departments" and they will do something about blighted or dangerous properties, or more laughable that the "town recognizes the negative impact on surrounding properties" and has the "right to step in"? Contact the foxes guarding the hen house? Elected officials of the Town, Village, and their building and enforcement clones, enabled the hideous Rambo property (host to the stinking, fire-causing Guillo "composting") to operate with impunity and negatively impact the surrounding area for decades. The property was littered with trailers, derelict buildings at street/eye level, industrial debris, rusted cranes, and rotting cars. The officials always had "the right"; he laws were always on the books, but never enforced and citizens who contacted all the above were demonized and stonewalled. The old boy network, the convenience to municipalities also illegally dumping their crap, the windfall profits to be made from reprocessing asphalt and other road debris (they took in Brookhaven waste), not to mention thousands of tons of free sand & waste from the landfill and no inspections or regulation created a 13-acre eyesore -- to say the least. The enforcement cowboys only know how to scare children in the middle of the night. They are less than useless; they are the real eyesores. They are the living example that the law is not applied impartially or protects equally.
John jones August 22, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Squiretown restaurant is one of the most disgusting looking places in Hampton bays.
Treat Williams August 22, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Frances - whatever you do don't jump. When You Feel You Can't Go On Let Someone Know Your Pain National Suicide Hotlines USA United States of America Toll-Free / 24 hours a day / 7 days a week 1-800-SUICIDE 1-800-273-TALK 1-800-784-2433 1-800-273-8255 1-800-799-4TTY (4889) Deaf Hotline (this one if for your husband Frances)
Treat Williams August 22, 2012 at 04:56 PM
I just actually read your post. You are the worst sore loser, but then again, you have had a lot of practice. At losing. Have you ever won a single battle in which you have engaged?
GC August 22, 2012 at 08:43 PM
The run down dance club on the south side of Montauk Highway in East Quogue by Tony's Asian Fusion... disgusting. wish they would tear it down.
jks August 22, 2012 at 09:23 PM
I agree it is an eyesore, I don't understand why they don't do something about the outside of that building.
Eastend50 August 22, 2012 at 09:28 PM
21 West Water St. Sag Harbor. Condo's been sitting there abandoned and unfinished for the past two years....
Nurse Ratchet August 22, 2012 at 09:41 PM
The Corrigan property on Dodge Street is a neighborhood disaster. Pat Corrigan is the chair of the SHV Zoning Board and scoffs at the law with this construction equipment storage area in a residential neighborhood. Shame on you.
Rose Way August 22, 2012 at 09:43 PM
"No Parking" signs Paul Robinson installed around his 8 houses while he was head of the Village Highway Department.
Fred 'n Freeda August 22, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Faustina = Valerie Hart of Corrigan Street???
Michael Hennessy August 22, 2012 at 10:29 PM
#48 Suwasett Ave. in Bridgehampton has been empty and falling apart for about 15 years now. The town decided to clean up the property by clearing all the growth that was hiding it and putting plywood on the windows and doors. They seem stymied by the absent owner. The only time you have a hard time with the town is when you answer them, ignore them and you can get away with this kind of behavior.
Park Slope August 23, 2012 at 02:51 AM
The owners of Squiretown Restaurant in Hampton Bays should be ashamed of themselves. They have had 3 years to paint the front of the building and have done nothing to improve the look of the place. Also the "Hamlet Green" sign next to the movie theater is falling apart and is an eye sore.
E. Trillo August 23, 2012 at 01:46 PM
The CPI on Montauk Hwy in Hampton Bays is an eyesore and a firetrap. This building should be condemned and torn down. The Historical Society projects take years to complete and are useless when completed. The Hat Factory building has been on stilts in the middle of town for several years and should be finished or removed. Another eyesore is all those temporary signs popping up all over town promoting fundraisers. The town should remove them as soon as they appear and fine the people running the event. Code enforcement should start doing its job and start fining store owners who don't maintain their property or their signs. Especially if the business is located in the middle of town.
Frances Genovese August 23, 2012 at 11:04 PM
I see that "Treat Williams" also writing as "Howard C" but never as him or herself is a fan who has followed my career in Southampton-- but misinterpreted it. Thank you for your interest and concern for my well being. I look forward to the day when you might have the courage to sign your posts unless of course YOU commit suicide before you let the sun in.
Faustina August 24, 2012 at 12:38 PM
Fred 'n Freda Corrigan? Wrong guess, no cigar. Faustina doesn't = Valerie Hart of Corrigan Street. Try again, but this time don't limit yourself to just one guess when you could pick from all your neighbors and many people who pass by the eyesore you created on your property. Clean up your act.
Juss Bean Honest August 24, 2012 at 03:08 PM
How about the beach at Rose Elliston Park, at Big Fresh Pond? Every morning, there is broken glass, over-flowing garbage cans and leftovers in the bathrooms, soap wrappers and shampoo bottles from men cleaning up there at night. I saw a woman with a young baby in a front-carrier, take a frontal fall, onto the child. The reason? The steps down to the lake are old railroad ties that are broken and uneven. We are better than this.
Charles August 24, 2012 at 04:07 PM
While the exterior does need work, there is no need to boycott the restaurant. We give thousands of dollars every year to local groups and organizations to support them, from the Fire Department to animal care groups. We use local businesses and purveyors to support our town and its townspeople, as well as having a staff mostly comprised of Hampton Bays residents. Boycotting the restaurant would not be in the town's best interest. Ask any restaurant owner how hard it is these days to stay open nevermind make enough money to improve a building you don't own.
don kehoe August 25, 2012 at 01:11 AM
You're right.
Algebra August 26, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Isn't that reservation property?
Algebra August 27, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Almost every house on Dune Road in Quogue and Westhampton Beach, kelly green grass from the roadway to the bulkheading! WHy don't they just pour the poison into the water?
hampton bays resident September 07, 2012 at 02:01 AM
and they want to build more condos/townhouses by the Lobster Inn . They also want to get rid of Tiderunners on the canal and put condos up. Will these be for Section 8 housing?
hampton bays resident September 07, 2012 at 02:04 AM
How about getting rid of all the dumps in Hampton Bays or fine the homeowners for their upkeep. Its a sad sight when you drive down Montauk HWY. and other roads in town.

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