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Senior Center Suggestions From Amagansett

Wed, 03/13/2024 - 18:29

Monday night’s lengthy meeting of the Amagansett Citizens Advisory Committee was devoted almost entirely to the increasingly contentious question of the new East Hampton Town Senior Center. A subcommittee appointed last month to consider the details of the proposed building submitted the following recommendations, which were unanimously applauded by ACAC members and some 17 residents in attendance. 

1. The town should look into a smaller, less costly facility or two-story design. Use gifted plans by a local architectural firm.

2. Smaller footprint that complies with zoning and reduces clearing and habitat destruction.

3. Peaked roof and cedar shakes that are more in town character with East Hampton.

4. Food Pantry and adult day care should be included in the plan.

5. Rooftop solar for cost efficiency.

6. “Net Zero” does not mean building a huge facility; 26-foot ceilings, expansive seating areas, one-story design, and inefficient design with mechanical systems make the project less desirable and costly.

7. Reducing the size of the center to be closer to 7,500 square feet and utilizing part of the land for affordable housing units should be explored.


East Hampton’s Mulford Farm in ‘Digital Tapestry’

Hugh King, the East Hampton Town historian, is more at ease sharing interesting tidbits from, say, the 1829 town trustees minutes than he is with augmented reality or the notion of a digital avatar. But despite himself, he came face to face with both earlier this week at the Mulford Farm, where the East Hampton Historical Society is putting his likeness to work to tell the story of the role the farm’s owner, Col. David Mulford, played in the leadup to the 1776 Battle of Long Island, and of his fate during the region’s subsequent occupation by the British.

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Alfred R. Waud sketched this depiction of the Gardiner’s Island manor house while on assignment for Harper’s Weekly.

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