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District Ready To Raze Pacific East

Left-standing, the building was a liability, commissioner says.

Seven months after Amagansett Fire District building next to the , the district will tear it down.

The board of fire commissioners had initially hoped to use it the building for training until it could further assess the district's needs and plan for a new building in a few years.

However, Fire Commissioner Jack Emptage, who oversaw the $2.8 purchase process, said the current building was "a liability-and-a-half."

The district hired a company to tear the building down for under $25,000, Emptage said, adding the bidding process had brought back estimates that spanned $100,000. The former nightclub and hot spot will be nothing but a memory within the week.

The district has no immediate plans for the property. They will clean up and level off the parking area for extra parking during department functions.

"Quite frankly, when we went in and inspected it more closely, there was mold and stuff," Emptage said. While he said it wasn't a health hazard, the commissioners were still concerned. "We're just worried about it getting on everbody's gear and then we'd have to send it to be cleaned. It was unnecessary. It was better off just going forward and not dealing with it, in the sense of not exposing anybody to it."

The to purchase the parcel on Oct. 4. The district in December, securing a 15-year bond at 2.604 percent.

The building had been left vacant for several years. There were leaks and water damage, Emptage said, adding that the interior was "messy and not in terrific shape." It had been partially boarded up. 

"If someone had wanted to go in and put several hundred thousand dollars to go in and clean it up, I'm sure it could have been fixed up," he said. "But, if it's not going to be cleaned up, it's better to get rid of it."

Taylor K. Vecsey April 25, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Via East Hampton Patch on Facebook, Audrey Stonemetz said: "I am very Happy to see that part of Amagansett cleaned up! Proud of the Fire Dept ! For thier concern and I know it will be to thier advantage to have more parking for activities! Great Job!"
Barbara F April 25, 2012 at 11:52 AM
2.8 for a teardown? Didn't they have an inspection and figure that out before they spent that money? Pretty expensive parking lot.
amy salle April 25, 2012 at 01:32 PM
As an employee of Pacific East for almost ten years, it is very sad to see the building gone! I understand why they are doing it this way but what a wonderful place Pacific East was and it will never be forgotten along witht he wonderful people that shared those ten years working with me. very sad.........
Mauro Filicori April 25, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Memories of great times at "Martell" will not be razed down.
Emily Bee April 25, 2012 at 06:42 PM
At least the district got a fair deal if they got the structure razed and carted away for 25G. That's why there is a bidding process for most government projects.

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