Reviving an Inn

Posted on 27 February 2009

The Bulls Head Inn — a unique hotel and restaurant equipped with spa-like amenities and conference center abilities — is being proposed at the old Judge Abraham Rose House, on the corner of the Sag Harbor/Bridgehampton Turnpike and we believe it is a good use of the property.

We learned this week that the developers of the Bulls Head Inn project seem to be willing to work with the community and for this, we support them. Although we do have some qualms with the project, overall we believe it has great potential. This is something that will be profitable and could be something accepted and welcomed by the community.

The hamlet could easily handle a self-sustaining business of this capacity and the developers seem to be willing to work with the neighbors to make it palatable for everyone.

First we ask ourselves if it weren’t going to be a hotel and restaurant what would we like the property to become? We certainly don’t think the location should be used for the creation of new homes. Why does this area need more houses? At the moment we can’t sell the ones already on the market — many of them monstrosities situated on former farmland.

This area is a business district. It has always been a business district — it’s on Montauk Highway. While the property has certainly had its share of business ventures — existing as an antique shop and a Target “pop up store” recently — this may be the ideal use for the location. Not only will it help maintain the historic structure, but it will also be able to revive the building, and bring life to it.

A hotel and restaurant is certainly not beyond what one would expect on the property, but we do feel the developers should consider the dimensions of the additional four buildings proposed as requested by some of the neighbors.

We also believe parking at the location would need to be addressed; some neighbors are concerned with the amount of cars that might turn up for weddings and conferences. They argue that cars will be lined up and down Montauk Highway or along the turnpike and could cause many problems for the hamlet.

But on the other hand, we believe the “retreat destination with overnight accommodation,” [as referred to by the developer], would not be hosting events of enormous capacity. With only 22 rooms on premises, it is smaller than most conference centers, and even some of the homes in neighboring Sagaponack.

We maintain this to be a reasonable application with a reasonable proposed project attached to it — only we ask modestly the project be examined a little more. 

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