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Sandy Hollow Affordable Housing Lawsuit Dismissed By State Supreme Court Justice

How can we trust this developer Dave Gallo and Curtis Highsmith when from the beginning this project had the involvement of Brad Bender. Curtis Highsmith is threatening Speonk and Remsenburg neighbors openly at a meeting that if they have to "build as of right," "He will ensure that the entire Apartment complex is filled with section 8." When asked who will manage this apartment complex at N. Philips, Curtis Highsmith and Dave Gallo ensured that they will screen every person themselves. Does anyone know what proven track record Curtis Highsmith has with similar projects? I have found none! He resigned from the Town of Southampton in January 1, 2014 only to return in March. He is supposedly a Mortgage Banker at JP Morgan Chase, yet he foreclosed on his own house. I do not trust any of these players that are a part of this project! Hopefully the Town Council opens their eyes to what has been going on underneath their noses.
http://southamptonny.iqm2.com/citizens/Detail_LegiFile.aspx?MeetingID=2964&ID=19482" Jan 7, 16 12:37 PM

Southampton Town Supervisor Takes To Facebook In Affordable Housing Search

My husband and I live on Sherri Ct., right near where the self-proclaimed “pioneers of MF-44,” want to build 51 units at 41 N Philips. Our story is similar to nearly all of our Sherri Ct. neighbors. My husband and I grew up in Queens, worked in Manhattan, commuted an hour every day to work. We worked hard and at times we both worked two jobs. We struggled, we saved, and we lived, at the time, where we could AFFORD. For two years we looked at a home on Sherri Ct., Speonk, 1 hour ½ away from Queens. We drove down every weekend with our kids just to drive by and look at our dream home. We wanted a different life for our kids. A quiet country life. We wanted less density, a quiet neighborhood where our kids could ride their bikes on a quiet cul de sac. We wanted to be away from the Queens apartment buildings and high traffic neighborhood. We made great sacrifices when we moved to Speonk. In order to make our dream a reality, I left a career in Manhattan and decided to return to school to become a teacher. My husband in turn decided to work 15 hours a day in order for us to make our Sherri Ct. home a reality. Almost all of our neighbors share a similar story. Our neighbor moved from Brooklyn looking to retire and escape the high density neighborhood in exchange for a quiet country life. We would have never made any of these sacrifices to move out of Queens to later live near an apartment complex 100 feet away with nearly 100 people living in it. Living in Queens for over 30 years, we know first-hand how an apartment complex can change a neighborhood overnight. We worked hard to live in Sherri Ct. Let those that want to live and work in the Town of Southampton go through the same steps that existing community members did. I hope the town board decides to work with the community on what would be a viable and common balance to meet the needs of the community, rather than shoving down and squeezing 51 units into a small parcel of land. " Aug 29, 16 7:56 PM

Yes, I did see the Hampton Villas and if you have seen them you would know that these are two floor owner homed condos.
We have lived in Speonk for 6 years now. My husband is a volunteer firefighter and we know all of the EMT and Firefighter volunteers in the community. Is there a need for affordable housing? Yes. We have young friends looking for apartments that volunteer their time to the community. But are these units really going to our community members that volunteer their time, or to the many voucher recipients that are on Curtis' voucher list? Lets be honest with the public. You have a transient-oriented development proposed to be built with density benefits for the developer. It's a great location because of the trains location, the many grants the developer will get because of it, and you can ram in as many people and units as you can there using the states density bonus. Building an affordable housing development near a very-limited-transient-oriented area, with a train that provides a limited schedule and operates after 9:43AM, should not qualify as a community benefit. Will these people walk to the imaginary “super market,” in the nearby “Speonk shopping center?” Or will they take the train to work after 9:43AM and return on the last scheduled stop at 4:14PM? The likelihood that these residents will use a train or bus is highly unlikely. I would be interested in seeing the towns high parking requirements. I am also curious if Georgica Green will have to follow the towns high parking requirements for this “transient-oriented density bonus development,” at 41 N Philips. Most likely, Georgica Green will ask for a lower parking minimum and claim 41 N Philips is near a train. Then we will have a development with not enough parking spaces to meet the needs of the people that live there, because in reality they do not take the train to work, and it costs less for the developer to meet the lower parking minimum. This development is a money maker scheme for the developer and a great reason for Curtis to unload his mess of a voucher system that he was hired to monitor. " Aug 30, 16 8:50 AM