A house in Hampton Bays that has been boarded up for years could soon become a green office and headquarters for the Ecological Cultural Initiative (ECI), an environmental nonprofit, as reported by 27east.
The house has traditionally served as the home of the caretaker for the Girl Scouts camp nearby. However, it has been unoccupied for a long time now. The town purchased it in 2006 and planned to convert it into affordable housing. The state of the house slowed that process.
In addition to doing some much-needed renovation, ECI plans to use regenerative and green design, like collecting and reusing rainwater; installing solar panels; gardening a food forest. The ultimate goal is that the structure will eventually serve as both a home and educational meeting space.
Marc Fasanella, the leader of ECI, is working with Dr. Scott Carlin from Long Island University’s Center for Sustainability to put together an educational program. Students from LIU’s ecological and regenerative design program would particularly benefit from using the space while studying the surrounding ecosystem.
Fasanella believes that this could positively impact Hampton Bays’ culture as well, claiming that the programs in place could attract students and young people, thus having the potential to transform Hampton Bays into a college-like town.
He also has plans to restore the nearby Squiretown Park building. The official proposal will be brought to the Southampton Town Board in the next few weeks.