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East End Report: Controversy Over Supermarket Proposals

Happenings across the East End during the week of March 12.

SOUTHAMPTON

A scaled down plan for a shopping center anchored by a supermarket in Tuckahoe is being met with ire by the Southampton-Shinnecock Hills-Tuckahoe Citizens Advisory Committee just as the first iteration of the plan did.

For the committee, the controversy speaks to a larger issue than one shopping center — it is about traffic and congestion in their community and on County Road 39, Southampton's primary thoroughfare.

Members of the committee, who are appointed by the Town Board, say that the supermarket plan contradicts a draft study of the County Road 39 corridor that aims to improve traffic flow and quality of development on the corridor, including design guidelines, gateways, pedestrian crossings and more greenery. 

Another supermarket proposal in Westhampton Beach also made headlines this week as Westhampton developer Andrew Mendelson petition to change zoning on property he owns on Old Riverhead road so he can build a new supermarket.  So far, the village board has refused his requests.

EAST HAMPTON

As news of a heats up, East Hampton Patch took a look at local residency requirements, which is especially important since is underway in local schools.

New York law says that a person over 5 years old and under 21 years old is entitled to attend public school in the district where that person resides, but to establish that means keeping track of your paperwork. Read the rest of the article by .

NORTH FORK

Southampton-based developer Ed Broidy will have to meet with members of the Southold Town Architectural Review Committee before members of the will again review his plans for a three-store shopping center proposed for Pike Street in Mattituck.

Broidy’s plans for a 2,475 square-foot mix-use building consisting of two storefronts for a retail store and a restaurant to be built on about a quarter-acre parcel on the north side of Pike Street just east of Love Lane have been before the Planning Board since 2010. Broidy’s company, T.K. Alpha, bought the small parcel in 2009.

At a Planning Board work session on Monday, Town Planner Brian Cummings read Broidy what the architectural review committee wanted changed in his current proposed design for the shopping center: a redesign that would fit in with the character of the small hamlet, constructed with maritime material — Broidy’s current brick design was deemed too urban by the committee, Cummings said. To read the rest of the story, click here.

WESTHAMPTON-HAMPTON BAYS

A site plan application for the Canoe Place Inn property in Hampton Bays was officially submitted to the Town of Southampton on Feb. 23, according to Jim Morgo, spokesman for the developers, .

The application was originally anticipated to be submitted in October 2011, but was stalled due to ongoing "internal issues."

The site plan includes plans for the restoration of Canoe Place, which sits on 5.8 acres, as well as for the construction of a residential planned development district on the 7.2 acres of canal properties the Rechlers' own. Read the rest of the story by .

RIVERHEAD

The Lady Blue Waves' dream basketball season came to an end Friday night in Troy at the hands of an undefeated Penfield Patriots squad with a 67-49 loss.

One loss away from the state championship game, the Riverhead girls' hoops team still made it further than it ever had before, after taking its  with a win over Baldwin last week.


Mary Beth March 17, 2012 at 12:42 PM
Morrow and his ilk are hell bent on turning the east end into a shopping center wasteland of unnecessary development, bumper to bumper traffic and congestion. When will it ever be enough? Never, unless the people concerned with quality of life make themselves heard
Tom March 17, 2012 at 12:50 PM
What the forgotten part of Southampton Town resident need is a supermarket on Flanders Rd in the suffolk Federal Credit Union plaza and they should offer tax incentives to anyone who can help!!!
Peconic Sunset March 17, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Traffic is finally flowing a bit better thanks the second lane going east installed a few years back. This proposal would be retrograde on traffic flow, not the location for a shopping center.
David D'Agostino March 17, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Peconic Sunset, the board had a work session yesterday to discuss the pre-submission of the "revised" shopping center monstrosity which includes a 40,000 square foot grocery store, 15,000 square feet of retail space and a 3,000 square foot bank. Once again they made the absolutely ludicrous assertion that this will actually decrease traffic! The board spoke as if they were already on board. The public needs to get involved to stop this from happening before it is too late as it appears the window of opportunity is shrinking. It is very important to note that former head of the Southampton Planning Commission, Jefferson Murprhee, is now working for the engineering firm that put together Morrow's "marketing study".
Peconic Sunset March 18, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Has a grocery store been identified for this shopping center? The marketing report doesn't mention this but there is another proposal on the table for a grocery store, this one in Southampton Village. If rezoning is approved by the Village, it will be located on Hampton Road and County Road 39. It is not too far from the Tuckahoe Shopping Center, I estimate about 2 miles away. Another source of traffic on CR 39. We have two "balls" in play, and two different government entities are decision makers (the Village and the Town). Both are sources of traffic on CR 39. Also, I wonder about the conclusions of the marketing study results had they modeled the economic impact of another grocery store in the area.
Faustina March 21, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Peconic Sunset. It is not a "grocery store" that is being proposed for this site, but a 40,000 sq. ft. King Kullen, plus bank and additional retail shops. I can tell you that the Marketing Analysis submitted by King Kullen is full of errors, assumptions and plain b.s. Soon we will have a shopping center every 2-3 miles. Just what the tourists come out here for. And, by the way King Kullen's prices are outrageous.

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