Southampton Town Board members broke ground last week on renovation construction at Ponquogue Beach.
The $3.3 million Hampton Bays project includes new and expanded IPE wood decking and railings; updated siding, roofing, and cupolas; new interior hardware and finishes; an additional shower; completely renovated restrooms; a new main entrance with an attendance booth; and parking lot improvements.
“I walked around the pavilion last summer, inspected it, and it wasn’t a matter of if, but when, it’s going to be replaced,” Councilman Tommy John Schiavoni said. “It needs to happen.”
The construction contracts were awarded to three separate contractors: Construction Consultants, LLC for the general construction, Plumbwell Services for plumbing, and NY Trenchless for electrical work.
Hundreds of residents provided input on the renovation process through polling and community meetings. The current beach pavilion, built in the 1960s, has weathered many storms but as one community member put it, the facility is “in need of some love.”
“It’s one of the highest-used beaches in the town and the pavilion is in really bad shape,” Supervisor Jay Schneiderman said in a previous interview. “I think it’s something that will strengthen property values and is a good investment.”
During the construction, there will be no public access to the facility or parking lot. The demolition, use and storage of construction equipment and materials, and parking lot work will require the entire site to be secured.