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Nov 14, 2017 4:01 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

East Hampton Town Ready To Sell Land To School For Bus Depot

Nov 14, 2017 5:22 PM

The East Hampton Town Board plans to vote on the proposed sale of the former scavenger waste plant on Springs-Fireplace Road to the East Hampton School District on Thursday, November 16.

The board and town staff on Tuesday reviewed the environmental assessment of converting the 3-acre property to a depot for the district’s school buses, and seemed resolved that, with a few caveats for construction plans in the contracts, the district’s plans were acceptable.

The board said it would schedule a vote at Thursday’s board meeting to approve the $2.3 million sale.

Planners said that ultimately the sale should be contingent on a few conditions put in place to ensure that parking and servicing buses at the site does not pose an environmental threat.

Planning Department Director Marguerite Wolffsohn recommended that board members require the district to use a nitrogen-reducing septic system at the property, that they restrict any storage and use of chemicals and automotive fluids in servicing buses to inside buildings and that all buildings be designed to prevent spillage of chemicals into the environment. She also said the property should have a lighting plan that prevents light pollution.

The analysis by the school district’s consultants said that the property was not in a groundwater protection area, but the town’s own maps show that it is, Ms. Wolffsohn said. Regardless, she said she recommends that the town require the district’s site plan for the property to meet the demands of groundwater protection requirements in sensitive areas.

Ms. Wolffsohn also said that a traffic study prepared by the school did not find that the bus depot would cause substantial new traffic issues. The one place impacts were seen, she said, was at the intersection of Springs-Fireplace Road and Three Mile Harbor Road, where the study showed that bus traffic could cause additional delays of up to 36 seconds during peak hours of bus traffic at certain busy times of the year. But she noted that that intersection suffers from chronic delays that the town needs to address anyway.

“That intersection is scheduled to become an F intersection, regardless of the bus depot,” she said, noting that F is the lowest rating. “We want to fix that intersection, whether the bus depot goes there or not.”

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