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Jul 18, 2012 11:05 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Around Town Hall: Formal Appliication For Tuckahoe Supermarket

Jul 18, 2012 11:37 AM

A month after the Southampton Town Board agreed that it would consider a change of zone for a Tuckahoe property to allow for a King Kullen supermarket and shopping complex, the developer this week filed a formal petition asking the Town Board to allow for the redevelopment project.

The petition, by developer Robert Morrow and partners Lyle Pike and Lance Nil, asks that the zoning on four parcels comprising a total of 7.25 acres be changed from a mix of “highway business,” or HB, and R-20, or half-acre, residential zones to “shopping center business,” or SCB. The petition states that a portion of one of the parcels that would be changed from residential zoning to the SCB zone is only necessary to accommodate a 50-foot vegetated buffer between the proposed new development and neighboring residential parcels.

If approved by the Town Board, the change would allow for a 40,000-square-foot supermarket, the maximum size allowed in the SCB zone, an accompanying 15,000 square feet of retail shops adjacent to the supermarket and a 3,500-square-foot stand-alone bank building. A hotel and restaurant on one of the parcels would be razed to make way for the project, as would an abandoned surf shop. The rest of the property is vacant.

Currently, the HB zone restrictions would allow for a variety of low-traffic retail uses, such as a furniture store, restaurant or car dealership. Mr. Morrow, who built the King Kullen shopping center in Hampton Bays, has billed the project as an important first opportunity to redirect the type of development and business allowed along County Road 39, which has suffered from empty and dilapidated storefronts for years.

A vocal group of area residents have objected to the project, saying it will cause traffic issues on the busy highway. After months of preliminary review, the Town Board agreed last month that it would hear the formal application, allowing for traffic studies and more detailed examination of potential impacts.

A schedule for the review has not been set yet.

Ellis Squires On 
The Block Again

The town will once again solicit bids for the purchase of the historic 18th century Ellis-Squires House on Newtown Road in Hampton Bays. The house, also known as “Brook House,” 
sat on a 7-acre parcel the town purchased for $1.1 million in 2005 to preserve as open space. The town subdivided the 
property; the house remained on a separate lot so it could be 
sold.

The town first put the house, which was built sometime around 1795, up for bids in the spring but received only one and decided to put it back on the market.

Plastic Bag Giveaway

The town’s Plastic Bag Education Task Force gave away approximately 600 reusable grocery bags on Saturday at three popular town beaches as part of an effort to cut down on the use and careless discarding of plastic shopping bags. Town Board members Chris Nuzzi and Christine Scalera, Legislative Aide Kristin Tuffy and local high school students handed out the bags to anyone who signed a pledge to reduce their use of disposable plastic bags.

The bags contained free gifts from Hampton Coffee Company, King Kullen and the Southampton Youth Services. The $1,000 cost of the bags was underwritten by the Hampton Jitney. 
“The day was a great success,” Ms. Scalera said. “We had nearly 600 people sign the pledge, committing to reduce, reuse and recycle their plastic bags and 
bring their own bags when shopping.”

Asking For Insurance Savings

The Town Board approved the filing of a request for proposals from health insurance providers for a new health plan for the town’s employees. The RFP is part of a new plan in which the town hopes to partner with other municipalities to lower health insurance costs.

The Town of Brookhaven has agreed to partner with the town, and officials hope other governments will seek to join the partnership if the two towns can show that pooling their staffing ranks can reduce costs.

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Morrow still trying for that Tuckahoe supermarket, but it's still a bad idea. Always will be, in that location.

Re plastic bag education, congratulations to Chris Nuzzi and Christine Scalera for their efforts, and to the donors and underwriters for their support, but I don't believe it will make a difference, not even if they do it every Saturday for the rest of the summer. We need an outright ban.
By Turkey Bridge (1940), Quiogue on Jul 18, 12 11:52 AM
Hmm... and what planning firm is behind the Tuckahoe Supermarket? And who will the Town be publicly announcing as their new Planning Director? Fill in the blank people - it's a fun game. Let's see how fast this gets pushed through once there's planning head
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Jul 18, 12 12:20 PM