November 01, 2006
Looking Good For Gateway Restoration
An annual whitewash and picturesque plantings are not enough. Working in collaboration with the Ladies Village Improvement Society and the Garden Club, East Hampton Village officials strive to keep the railroad station in the heart of the village looking spiffy. But closer inspection of the historic structure owned by the MTA reveals damage showing through the paint, and the need for repairs that go beyond several coats of lacquer.
Enter Senator Ken LaValle. Responding to a request for help made by Mayor Paul Rickenbach, LaValle announced this week that he'd secured $200,000 in MTA capital funds for the planning and design phases of a restoration project.
Acknowledging the building is in dire need of repair, LaValle noted that it was constructed of red brick in 1895, is listed on the register of Historic Places, and is also considered a gateway to the community. "It is our responsibility to protect the integrity of this 100-year-old landmark, which has badly deteriorated over time," the senator said.
According to an engineering report prepared for the village in 2004, consulting engineers from Robert Silman Associates estimated the cost for masonry removal and reconstruction work at around $350,000.