So Many Better Places - 27 East


Southampton Press / Opinion / Letters / 1714875

So Many Better Places

All of the Bridgehampton Community Advisory Committee members have been very concerned with our chairman, Pamela Harwood, not being able to comment at the Southampton Town Planning Board Zoom meeting, regarding our feedback about the Sag Harbor Fire Museum locating a proposed “storage” area for its trucks on Scuttle Hole Road, near the roundabout at Millstone Road [“Bridgehampton CAC Voices Concerns About Plan To Convert Farm Stand To Fire Truck Storage Building,”, July 20].

The members of the CAC, and many extended members of the community, have spent a great deal of time enumerating the many, many reasons why this is not a good idea. There are so many better places to locate such storage.

We all feel that, since this land is in an agricultural overlay district, it is fundamentally and conceptually wrong to allow the fire museum to buy the property. And we also feel that this is being proposed for financial reasons on the part of the owner, to enhance his return. It should not be allowed!

If that little triangle of land continues to remain as an agricultural “use,” it will be valued as agricultural. In this case, the property will continue to be affordable by someone who would like to put an agricultural use there — like the iconic farm stand that it once was!

This proposed change in use is not right to all the neighbors surrounding that triangle. These neighbors expected to be located near an agricultural “use,” not truck storage, and not the type of “use” that this truck storage could blossom into (like a fire truck museum). None of these “uses” is consistent with an agricultural overlay district, and we all feel that it should not be allowed.

We also feel that there should be another hearing on the television, so that all of the other residents of the Town of Southampton have the opportunity to hear Pamela Harwood express our opinions on this very important issue. I am sure that I have missed some important aspects of this issue that Pamela would like to bring up.

Jenice J. Delano



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