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Town Purchases Hampton Bays, East Quogue Lands

Southampton has approved the purchases of property on Weesuck Creek in East Quogue and Land owned by Hampton Sunrise and Hampton Bellows Pond in Hampton Bays.

A proposed mixed-use development on 19.5-acres of land in Hampton Bays won't be built — The town, on July 10, agreed to purchase the property, owned by Hampton Sunrise, LLC and Hampton Bellows Pond, LLC using community preservation funds in the amount of $5,764,000.

Located on Bellows Pond Road and West Montauk Highway, the Hampton Bays land, according to Mary Wilson, the town's Community Preservation director, was slated for a mixed-use development, called Tiana Comments. It can now, under the authorizing resolution, be used a passive park. 

"It's a big deal that we are purchasing this property," said Wilson, noting that it sits in the Pine Barrens and sits on a scenic roadway.

Just as important, she said is the purchase of 2.4-acres, known as the Gallagher property, which abuts Weesuck Creek in East Quogue.

"This is a sensitive area and an important watershed property," said Wilson.

According to the authorizing resolution, which was also approved on July 10, the town will use $345,000 in Community Preservation funds to purchase the property.  

The 2.4 acres is connected to  that the town bought in December 2011 for $5.4 million. This spring, the town opened dock slips at the site despite a community outcry — Some East Quogue residents have, a move they say would protect the aquifer from pollution and noise.

The town responded saying they are operating the facility similar to it's other town-owned facilities and has no plans to expand the marina. 

What other land would you like to see preserved? Comment below. 

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