By Mara Certic
The East Hampton Town Board took a step toward providing better public access to its facilities when it issued a request for proposals to reconstruct and reorganize the Town Hall campus.
The board is looking to redesign the town hall campus in order to bring all town departments to one central location, if possible.
Copies of the RFP have been made available to architects since Thursday, January 22. On February 4 interested architects have been invited to attend meeting at the East Hampton Town Hall to hear more about the board’s vision for the future of the town hall campus.
“The ultimate goal is to try to get all our employees in one area, one campus if you will, so we don’t have everybody spread out,” Alex Walter, executive assistant to Supervisor Larry Cantwell, said on Tuesday.
“We also would like to be able to make it easier for the public to access the offices,” he added.
A lot of the “high traffic” departments, Mr. Walter said, are very spread out.
The old town hall building has been empty since 2010 when the last offices that had been housed there were moved to town-owned condominiums at 300 Pantigo Place.
The building is in need of serious repairs, including mold removal, a new roof and a new interior, so the town will consider proposals that suggest renovating the building and those that plan to knock it down and start from scratch.
The 1747 Baker House and barn and the Peach farm building, which were donated to the town by Adelaide de Menil, may all become new on-campus offices.
There are also some departments that are housed in locations in town: land management and animal control offices work out of the Emergency Services Building on North Main Street, and the East Hampton Town Trustees operate out of the Lamb Building on Bluff Road in Amagansett. The remodeling project would also look to bring those employees back to one centralized location.
The town board is also looking to reconfigure the current parking lot, which “really needs to be done,” Mr. Walter said. “And we have room to do it.”
A space needs committee was created and has analyzed the town’s situation, and made some decisions about the best options. The same committee said its preferred option would be to raze the old building and create a new 14,000-square-foot space and use the historic buildings as additional office space. This plan would cost an estimated $5.5 million.
The committee estimates a less favored option, which would repurpose the building and add a 4,000-square foot addition to it, would cost approximately $2.95 million.
The town has $4.9 million already, which could go toward the renovation, and selling the suites at Pantigo Place could provide further funds.
Architects who want to take part in the competition have been urged to attend a pre-proposal meeting in the Town Hall meeting room, at 159 Pantigo Road, at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, February 4. The meeting will give architects the opportunity to take a look at the various structures and to get more of an idea of what the town is looking for, Mr. Walter said.
RFPs can been found at the purchasing department, and proposals are due on Thursday, February 19.