Hotel could be in works for prominent Main Road property

The long vacant former Capital One Bank on Main Road in Mattituck could become a hotel, according to Southold Town Building Department records.

An application to construct a three-story, 200-room hotel at the site was submitted by Goggins & Associates of Mattituck on behalf of the property owner, Alan Cardinale, to the building department on Feb. 20. A notice of disapproval dated March 23 cites that town zoning prohibits buildings located in the business district from being higher than two stories. North Fork Patch first reported the notice of disapproval.

The proposed construction would require special exception approval from the Southold Zoning Board of Appeals and site plan approval from the Southold Town Planning Board.

Mr. Goggins did not return a phone call seeking comment Wednesday.

To date, the proposal has not been discussed at any public ZBA or planning board meetings. It is unclear if Mr. Cardinale will continue to pursue the project.

Mr. Cardinale, who runs Cardinal Management in Mattituck which owns both the Mattituck Plaza and Jamesport Center, purchased the property, then a supermarket, for $175,000 in foreclosure in 1982. He sold it to North Fork Bancorp for $975,000 two years later, according to town property records. The building served as the headquarters for North Fork Bank, until Capital One purchased the bank and the building in 2006.

Capital One announced that they would shut their doors in 2011 and the building has been vacant since 2012.

In 2012, a Suffolk County task force was created to bring a long-term pediatric care facility to the county. The Capital One office was floated at the time as a possible location, but that plan never materialized. In 2015, volunteer members of the town’s economic development committee discussed plans to attract a nonprofit outpatient pediatric psychiatric facility to the North Fork and several committee members identified the former bank as a prime location.

Photo caption: The former Capital One Bank in Mattituck. (Credit: Rachel Siford) 

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