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Dec 21, 2016 11:24 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Discovery Land Establishes Presence On East Quogue's Main Street

DIscovery Land Company opened an informational storefront in East Quogue. AMANDA BERNOCCO
Dec 21, 2016 11:39 AM

The developer behind a proposed luxury golf course resort community in East Quogue has opened an informational storefront on Main Street in the hamlet.

Inside the former Capital One building, the developer, Arizona-based Discovery Land Company, will be providing community members and other interested parties with information about its project, “The Hills at Southampton.”

Mark Hissey, vice president of Discovery Land, said he is looking forward to having a space for people to come to read the draft environmental impact statement and learn more about his project, which looks to build 118 residential units and an 18-hold golf course centered on 168 acres near Spinney Road in the hamlet.

“That rental space had been unoccupied for a long time,” Mr. Hissey said of the building. “It was starting to not look the best and we thought we should have a presence in the middle of the [hamlet].

“We are here to stay,” he continued. “We thought it would be nice to have a comfortable place to do our business where people can pop in.”

The building was organized by Jessica Insalaco of Quogue, who handles public relations for the developers. On Tuesday night she hosted a small holiday party at the refurbished building to welcome the community and answer questions about the project.

“A lot of people have been popping by,” said Ms. Insalaco as she stood by a poster that offered details of the project. “It’s been a nice dialogue coming in.”

The units that the developer wants to build include 95 single-family homes, 13 clubhouse cabins and 10 clubhouse condominiums. In order for the application to be approved, the Southampton Town Board must approve special zoning, called a planned development district, as all of the targeted land is now 5-acre residential zoning—the most restrictive in the municipality.

The town approved the developer’s draft environmental impact statement in September and has since held two public hearings on the project. There will be at least two more hearings, with the next one scheduled for Tuesday, January 10, at 6 p.m., at Town Hall. After the hearings, the board will decide if the application can move forward.

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If they want a zoning change they should just but it. It's a project that will net at least $80 million in profit, so let them pay $60 million for the zoning change.
By dfree (301), hampton bays on Dec 21, 16 9:27 PM
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If they want a zoning change they should just buy it. It's a project that will net at least $80 million in profit, so let them pay $60 million for the zoning change.
By dfree (301), hampton bays on Dec 21, 16 9:27 PM
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... there isn't enough cubed cheese and pepperoni in the world to get this project pushed through.
By William Rodney (446), southampton on Dec 22, 16 2:32 AM
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Rather a cold, sterile ambiance.

A few tables with obscuring planters, some mood music, soft lighting and (complimentary) wine would make the experience so much more enjoyable. (May I suggest "Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Les Champeaux 2003 – Domaine Denis Mortet".)

Residents could get out of the weather and engage in productive intercourse (some with Discovery Land Company flacks) for hours on end!
Dec 22, 16 4:02 AM appended by highhatsize
- - - Or, going in a different direction, a 6' flat screen with sports package subscription, aisle seating, nachos and beer!
By highhatsize (3290), East Quogue on Dec 22, 16 4:02 AM
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By smacw (221), New York on Jan 3, 17 2:17 PM
155,000 square foot commercial building - called a

CLUBHOUSE & CATERING HALL is also in this request for a zoning change.

Ms. Amanda Bernocco omitted this "small" detail.

Is this larger than the COSCO in Riverhead?
By sag2harbor (117), sag harbor on Dec 22, 16 8:26 AM
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155,000 square foot commercial building - called a

CLUBHOUSE & CATERING HALL is also in this request for a zoning change.

Ms. Amanda Bernocco omitted this "small" detail.

Is this larger than the COSTCO in Riverhead?
By sag2harbor (117), sag harbor on Dec 22, 16 8:27 AM
Factually incorrect. Read the DEIS.
By Mark Hissey (149), Melville on Dec 22, 16 10:55 PM
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Hey Mark, do you still want to turn Cow Neck into a golf course too?
By Mr. Z (9160), North Sea on Dec 26, 16 12:58 AM
If "The Hills at East Quogue" is going to be anywhere near as tacky as this office's decor & King Kullen snack platters...no thanks!!
By wrk (14), East Hampton on Dec 22, 16 9:13 AM
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If I didn't know better, I would swear you are channeling Ebenezer Scrooge.

Make sure you tell Mike in Prime Meats what you think of his food. I'm sure he'll be concerned about your review of it.

And hey, Merry Christmas.
By Mark Hissey (149), Melville on Dec 22, 16 10:52 PM
I can't help but wonder where you, Mr. Hissey, and Discovery will be when the environmental clean up is necessary in a few years. I am also wondering how loyal you will be to the local business owners and taxpayers when the grandiose promises you have made do not come to fruition. Reminds me of the American government and their bait and switch schemes presented to the American Indians. I guess you are waiting for our "Wounded Knee". I promise you our resistance is strong.
By zappy (34), east quogue on Dec 23, 16 11:14 AM
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Yeah, I'm sure you & your buddy Mike go way back...
By wrk (14), East Hampton on Dec 24, 16 5:28 AM
... stay above the fray, you guys have done enough damage to local businesses by pitting their owners against those residents who disagree with your "seasonal resort" nonsense.

Stick to the facts - and have a Merry Christmas.
By William Rodney (446), southampton on Dec 23, 16 10:30 AM
Still trying to wrap my head around the fact that DLC employees come to this comments section to argue with people. So weird, desperate, nonsensical.

What luxury buyer is going to purchase an expensive home in Spinney Hills if there is no golf course...none. This whole ruse is so transparent.

By adlkjd923ilifmac.aladfksdurwp (374), southampton on Dec 23, 16 6:31 PM
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Exactly- or really, what luxury buyer is going to purchase an expensive home in northern East Quogue for that matter?? I grew up on Spinney Rd- not a bad part of the world for sure- but is quite different from the "Hamptons" that the out of town luxury buyer is looking for. I'm sure DLC realizes this, hence "Hills at SOUTHAMPTON." Do they really think people aren't going to realize they're not in Southampton? Reminds me of the other "Southampton" development in EQ- the Pines. Which is still not ...more
By wrk (14), East Hampton on Dec 24, 16 5:27 AM
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go look at there website and come back and tell us how they are not first class. What are you afraid of you property taxes going up?
By joe hampton (2833), Hamptons on Dec 24, 16 8:54 AM
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It's not that the houses aren't nice, it's that there is not a market for houses like that w/o the golf course in this location.
By adlkjd923ilifmac.aladfksdurwp (374), southampton on Dec 24, 16 10:01 AM
Actually joe, that is a warranted issue.

If nearby properties increase in valued assessment, then yes, it will damage the "blue collar" folks. Less disposable income means less monies to drive GDP.

Where did you get your economics degree? KMart?
By Mr. Z (9160), North Sea on Dec 26, 16 1:00 AM
I remember the ads for "The Pines". It included a map showing the proximity to Shinnecock Hills and National Golf Links. As if, you bought one of these houses you could be teeing off at those clubs (7 miles away!) in no time. Not in this lifetime I'm afraid. I also don't think that those houses had any appeal to people who already belonged to those clubs.
By smacw (221), New York on Jan 3, 17 2:26 PM
Greed. Profits. Corporations exist to make owners/shareholders profits. They don't exist to benefit local communities. The more that is spent trying to push this project forward (including the amounts donated to candidate and party finance committees) the more reason to suspect the hard sell needs to be taken with a grain of salt. Maybe more than one grain. The profits here depend upon the golf course as noted by others not much market for high end dwellings in this part of Town.

They ...more
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Dec 25, 16 8:53 PM
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The developer crowd won't be happy until they've put a McMansion on every postage stamp they can lay their grubby hands on.

What price, progress?
By Mr. Z (9160), North Sea on Dec 26, 16 1:02 AM
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I rhink this is utterly unprecedented, a developer opening up a store on Main St., just to promote a project. Mind you, this isn't a sales office but a promotion space during the application phase.

Once again, this unprecedented expense and effort should remind us of how badly the developer wants this project approved. Like everything else, it means the PDD- with-golf-course is worth vastly more to the developer than the as- of- right-without-golf-course, so much more because there's no ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1695), Quiogue on Dec 30, 16 10:01 AM
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George Benedict et al opened a store on Jobs Lane to promote "Bishops Pond" in Southampton Village... But, it did turn into a sales office.

How badly this developer wants this project approved is nothing more than DLC's long commitment to winning. Read the corporate bio, George. This is capitalism. They get approval, jobs come for Construction. Jobs will continue to be created at The Hills. Tax base increases. Dems can then spend more... Happy New Year, George.
By Draggerman (640), Southampton on Dec 31, 16 8:36 AM
Wrong, Draggerman, my premise wasn't just how badly they want this project approved, it was how badly they want this project -- as opposed to the as of right alternative -- approved, because this deal is worth so much more to them than that one. You say if this application is approved, jobs come for construction, jobs will be created at the project, tax base increases, Dems can spend more (thank you very much).

But all of that good community stuff (jobs, tax base, etc.) should also happen ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1695), Quiogue on Jan 3, 17 1:56 PM
George, I don't know whether they will do the as of right. Mark Hissey says they will...

By Draggerman (640), Southampton on Jan 4, 17 6:00 PM
An act of desperation, perhaps? We must continue to expose the truth about this project. Sat 1/7/17 at EQ Elementary school,10am if you are interested in seeing the other side clearly. Then make an informed decision.
By Taz (228), East Quogue on Dec 30, 16 10:40 AM
Draggerman, of course Mark Hissey says they'll do the as of right alternative. That's the whole bluff I'm always talking about. See the posts above by adlk etc. and wrk, and multiple posts by me under related 27east articles. It's a transparent bluff because there's no market for 118 luxury homes on five-acre lots in the EQ woods without a golf course, not at the price DLC wants. Hey, "Southampton Pines" not far away in EQ hasn't sold half its lots yet, and they've been trying for a while. So why ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1695), Quiogue on Jan 5, 17 11:41 AM
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