Wainscott Car Wash on Agenda Wednesday
The site plan application for a car wash in Wainscott, which has been pulled from the agenda of recent East Hampton Town Planning Board meetings, is back on for Wednesday night. Previously, James Golden, the owner of JJG Management, a limited liability company with a Doylestown, Pa., address, had asked for postponements to discuss the controversial project, telling the Planning Department that he was otherwise engaged in Pennsylvania, and could not get to East Hampton for the review.
The proposal received a preliminary review by the board at a meeting a year ago, a session at which several neighbors spoke in opposition and board members questioned the wisdom of the proposed location, on the northeast corner of the intersection of Montauk Highway and East Gate Road. It is the site of an abandoned discotheque.
A follow-up meeting held last September was even more contentious, with neighborhood opponents packing Town Hall. Job Potter, a planning board member, told Mr. Golden during that session that he felt badly for him, "in a way," adding, "This is a bad place for a car wash." The room exploded with applause. Mr. Potter has since become chairman of the planning board.
Traffic in Wainscott has continued to be the focal point for opponents and the town, with the Planning Department questioning the accuracy of the applicant's study on the issue. In a memo to the board, Eric Schantz, a senior planner for the town, wrote that the board should consider requiring a more in-depth environmental review.
The planning board, which has several other applications on its agenda, begins its meeting at Town Hall at 6:30 p.m.