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Jul 2, 2008 1:26 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Planning Board agrees to rescind earlier decision for Woodfield Gables

Jul 2, 2008 1:26 PM

“The board is pretty divided; some want to issue a positive declaration,” said Mr. Finnerty, adding that he was concerned that residents might try to stop other development in the area because the source of the plume has not yet been discovered. “We can’t issue a halt on all the surrounding properties,” he added.

A 60-unit senior citizen condominium project called Serenity Estates and a three-lot subdivision known as the Goss Subdivision have both been proposed on North Phillips Avenue in Speonk. Both properties are on top of the documented plume.

“My feeling is they’re trying to use this project as a mechanism to find the source and begin the mitigation of the groundwater plume,” Mr. Finnerty said of his fellow board members and their opinion of the Woodfield Gables application. “That’s not the purpose of SEQRA.”

He added that an environmental assessment form, or an EAF, could address all of the issues. “I’m very cautious about trying to reinvent the wheel,” he said.

“My concern is, there certainly is a groundwater problem in Speonk and this application is in a certain sense bearing the brunt of the hysteria,” Mr. Finnerty said, referring to Woodfield Gables. “I’m not saying it’s not a well-founded hysteria.”

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