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Jan 28, 2009 12:03 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Two Tuckahoe developments discussed

Jan 28, 2009 12:03 PM

The Southampton Town Board on Tuesday discussed two projects affecting the hamlet of Tuckahoe, both with elements of affordable housing.

The board closed a public hearing on a 16-unit affordable housing development proposed by Vesta Development, based in Manhattan. The company plans to construct the 16 units within four separate buildings on 2.61 acres, with four two-bedroom units of approximately 1,150 square feet in each building. First dibs on the housing will go to the town’s “first responders,” emergency crew personnel.

According to Jon Sirkin of Vesta Development, eight of the units will sell for around $160,000, with four costing $210,000.

Despite concerns raised by nearby residents over parking on Sandy Hollow Road, Town Supervisor Linda Kabot said she wanted to close the public hearing to “get going on the project.”

One of the main issues regarding the construction of the development was how to provide fire protection. Although the fire district suggested extending the water main from County Road 39 to the property, the board settled on a less costly measure that would extend the mains from North Sea Road.

Attorney David Gilmartin, who represents the developers, said running the main from County Road 39 would cost more than $300,000, as opposed to a cost of $82,000 to extend the main from North Sea Road. “The difference in that cost will be passed on to the eventual owners,” he said. According to Mr. Gilmartin, an engineering report confirms that there are no safety concerns in running the main from North Sea Road.

Mr. Sirkin said the North Sea Road plan would allow neighbors, through an easement, to tap into the main, which would be buried on the Sandy Hollow Cove property.

Stanley Fayman, who has lived near the proposed development for 23 years, said additional cars parked on Sandy Hollow Road would block his line of sight when leaving his driveway, creating a dangerous situation. “To extend parking on Sandy Hollow Road where traffic is going 60 to 70 mph makes no sense,” Mr. Fayman said.

Jefferson Murphree, the town’s chief planner, said parking was already a concern and that those issues should be addressed comprehensively.

Frank Zappone, chairman of the Southampton Citizens Advisory Committee, spoke in favor of the project and said he was impressed with the efforts of the developers to address the needs and concerns of the local community.

The board closed the public hearing, leaving a 10-day written comment period, and will likely vote on the project at its next meeting on Tuesday, February 10.

The board also discussed another proposed development in Tuckahoe, a 50-unit condominium complex consisting of 15 affordable housing units on the corner of County Road 39 and Tuckahoe Lane.

The Fairfield Development, which had not been discussed at the Town Board for a year, initially involved 64 units but was pared down to 50. The development still needs approval from the Town Planning Board and the Suffolk County Board of Health. “This is not being built tomorrow,” Ms. Kabot said.

The Town Board adjourned the public hearing on the development until the Town Board meets on Tuesday, February 24.

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Yes to affordable housing.
By dagdavid (646), southampton on Feb 7, 09 6:46 PM