A mixed-use development located at the corner of Main Street and Library Avenue in Westhampton Beach, named “145 Main Street,” will soon have tenants.
Property owner attorney Barry Bernstein said he already has some tenants for retail space within the building and expects them to move in August 1, though he declined to name them. Several people expressed interest in the restaurant portion of the property, however, nothing has been finalized yet, he said.
Bernstein received village approval for the development and began digging a foundation for the building this past spring, and construction on the project was completed in March. “I believe that it is the right time for this development and I think that it is going to enhance the Village of Westhampton Beach,” he said.
The two-story development, which boasts a 3500-square-foot space on its ground floor, according to Serenity LLC’s website, will feature a retail space and restaurant. Bernstein plans to use the second floor for his law practice, Village Mayor Maria Moore said. Moore said she likes the design of the building, particularly its full-length window doors that will allow visitors to take in a full view of Main Street.
“So you will feel like you are directly outside,” she added.
Moore said that the property was overgrown and surrounded by stockade fencing when she first came into office. So, she contacted Bernstein, to ask if something could be done to fix it up. The village ended up leasing the property for $10 for two years, cleared it, and had local landscape design firm, Dragonfly, design a pocket park at the spot with benches and flowers for residents to enjoy.
Moore said that she believes people will certainly take notice of the new development, after having the park there for three years. “It’s such a change,” she said.
“I think it will be a tremendous addition to have a little shop and restaurant on Main Street,” she said.