A preliminary plan to tear down the old Star Room, before that the Swamp nightclub, at East Gate Road and Montauk Highway in Wainscott, and replace it with a 5,400-square foot car wash, came before the East Hampton Town Planning Board on Sep. 12.
The former discotheque, on a roughly 50,000 square-foot parcel, has been closed for over 10 years. “It’s an eyesore,” said Dianna Weir, the board’s vice chairwoman.
A four-year battle that began in the spring of 2008 with the construction of a gate at 17 Beverly Road in Springs may finally be drawing to a close, as the East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals began preliminary deliberations on the drawn-out affair on Sept. 11.
Gene Gilligan of Amagansett was driving his 1991 Mercedes north on Napeague Meadow Road when a deer ran in front of his car on Friday night, police said. He swerved to avoid the animal and lost control of the car, striking about four concrete posts at the side of the road, before the car flipped over. Mr. Gilligan suffered abrasions to his head and was taken to Southampton Hospital. A police report described the car as demolished.
After graduating from Roslyn High School, Gregg Saunders skipped college and went to work driving a delivery truck for his grandparents’ milk company, but he was drawn to the real estate business as a young man and began working for various firms in Brooklyn and Manhattan.
“He wanted to be on his own,” his wife, Alsou Saunders, said Friday. “He wanted to be independent. . . . He
didn’t want to be a broker, he wanted to own things,” she said.