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Jan 25, 2015 3:51 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Eastport, Remsenburg And Speonk Community Notes, January 29

Jan 25, 2015 3:51 PM

If you’re like me, you’re probably wondering about the status of a new residential development dubbed “The Estates at Remsenburg.” In fact, I know this is the case because, on more than one occasion, I’ve noticed some of you gathered around the billboard that describes the 19-lot subdivision on which ground could be broken—if all goes as planned—later this year.In a recent email, Larry Citarelli, principal of the Lawrence III Group in Westhampton Beach, provided me with an update on the project, which has been in the works for the past six years and targets some 23 acres of residentially zoned land that’s situated between South Country Road, Nidzyn Avenue and Matthews Drive in Remsenburg.

Mr. Citarelli explained that his company has secured final conditional approval from Southampton Town and that he plans on breaking ground later this year. Planning officials, meanwhile, noted this week that he still needs to resubmit his final application for the development. Regardless, it sounds as if we’re nearing an end of this particularly long and winding road.

So, here’s the unofficial update on the application:

Nearly one-third of the land, some seven acres, will be dedicated as open space and help maintain the bucolic nature of the hamlet. The development’s main entrance will be located at 116 South Country Road, with another access road to be installed off Nidzyn Avenue. “Emma’s Way” will be the name of the development’s main artery, and Mr. Citarelli explained that he picked Emma because that is also the name of his daughter. The cul-de-sac will be named “Webb Court,” which is a nod to the original namesake of the property, the Webb Estate.

Mr. Citarelli notes that the units—the architecture of which will be designed with plenty of input from him—will be marketed to second homeowners, meaning that there should not be an influx of children enrolling in the Remsenburg-Speonk School District.

He wrote: “The enhancing and maintaining of the integrity of the neighborhood my family and I reside [in] has and will always be at the forefront of the project when within our control … Moreover, the streetscapes will ultimately be unchanged in their natural state or enhanced as most of the architectural elements in the existing structure on South Country Road will be replicated.”

Mr. Citarelli noted that five of the 19 lots are reserved, and three are close to being sold already. Wow.

He is encouraging anyone with questions about the development to reach out to him. You can either call Mr. Citarelli at (631) 288-2122 or shoot him an email at LC@FHIRNY.com.

Well, it’s almost February—and that’s great news for people like me who think January lingers for far too long.

On Friday, February 6, Raynor Country Day School and Camp in Speonk will hold its annual Chinese Auction and Dinner Dance at Giorgio’s Fox Hill in Baiting Hollow. The festivities will run from 6 p.m. until midnight.

Tickets cost $110 per person and should be reserved ASAP by calling the school at (631) 288-4658. Raffle tickets for the Chinese auction cost either $3 (for the basket prizes) or $10 (for the main raffle). There will also be a silent auction.

We have some impressive scholars living in our neck of the woods! Kelly Doyle and Joseph Tuttle, both of whom call Eastport their home, were named to the dean’s list at SUNY Oneonta this past fall.

Additionally, administration from SUNY Geneseo announced that Jaclyn Soucheck of Speonk was named to the dean’s list for fall semester.

Megan McGuinness of Eastport earned the same honor at James Madison University for the fall semester. She is a sophomore majoring in both theater and dance.

And Karlin McIntyre, another Eastport resident and an elementary education major at Roger Williams University, also made the dean’s list for the fall semester.

Congratulations to everyone on your accomplishments thus far in your studies!

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