Vacant Southampton retail must be opened to artists under new law

The grace period to comply with a law to fill up vacant retail spaces is soon expiring

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Jan.January 25, 2021 03:15 PM
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Like it or not, retail landlords in Southampton will be filling empty storefronts with art, according to the Wall Street Journal.

A local law passed last year requires landlords to work with artists to fill storefronts that have been vacant for more than a month. Landlords are still allowed to put up “For Rent” signs.

The goal is to liven up empty storefronts, particularly through the off-season, when many short-term retail tenants vacate spaces, although this year more tenants than usual are sticking around.

Artists provide the work at no cost. A grace period for landlords is expected to end next month, after which they can be subject to fines of up to $2,500 for not participating. [WSJ] — Dennis Lynch


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