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Sep 14, 2016 10:54 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Beach Plum Meadows In Southampton To Be Preserved

Village Property To Be Purchased
Sep 14, 2016 10:58 AM

Southampton Town plans to buy almost 11 acres in Southampton Village—where a housing development had been slated—for use as a park.

Beach Plum Meadows LLC has accepted an offer of $14 million for property located on Moses Lane in the village, a purchase that will be funded through the town’s Community Preservation Fund.

The village has not yet decided specifically how it will use the land, which is undeveloped. According to Southampton Village Mayor Mark Epley, one option is a community garden, although he said the soil is not ideal, and others are a tennis court or a playground. In any event, he said, the property will be used for active recreation. Once the land is purchased, plans will be drawn up as to what to do with it, the mayor said.

While the town will purchase the land, Southampton Village will cover the cost of any maintenance and construction, according to Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman.

A 16-lot subdivision was planned for the Moses Lane property and had already received village approval earlier this year. The application for Beach Plum Meadows was first submitted in December 2013 as a 56-unit senior housing development—but the project required the creation of a planned development district at the site—and the Village Board denied that application, saying the site did not meet criteria for a multifamily residential district.

Then the applicants, Helen and Edward Corrigan, presented a scaled-back application, for the 16-lot subdivision, which went before the Planning Board and was better received by officials.

Mr. Schneiderman said the Corrigans most likely decided to scrap the subdivision and sell the property because their original plan for the senior housing development had been denied. According to Mr. Epley, it has been a long process for the landowners, but ultimately it was agreed that “the better plan for everybody was to preserve the property.”

The idea to use the CPF to purchase the land was first proposed by village officials who wanted to see the land preserved, according to Mr. Schneiderman. Whatever the village decides to do with the property, since the land will be purchased through town funds, it will be open to residents of the entire town, not just residents of the village.

The purchase is not final yet—a public hearing on the proposed acquisition is scheduled for October 13 at 1 p.m., in Southampton Town Hall.

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Another waste of taxpayer dollars, and stops competition of the mayors father in laws village latch development.

By chief1 (2800), southampton on Sep 14, 16 12:21 PM
The fact is the village, contributes more to CPF then it takes out. its high time that the village gets something in return.
By JM11968 (71), southampton on Sep 14, 16 3:09 PM
Are we gonna need a Village sticker to get in?
By foodwhiner (148), Southampton on Sep 14, 16 1:46 PM
Well it's called Beach Plum Meadows. Perhaps planting some native species of Beach Plums, for use of all in their Fall beach plum jelly creation. Some native species of other trees that would be educational would also be nice -- perhaps a meditation garden...The famous trees that were here in the 17th Century and what the native Americans and our country's first settlers saw as aprticularly useful -- eastern white cedar, sugar maple, shagbark hickory.
By dfree (818), hampton bays on Sep 14, 16 1:52 PM
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Keep taking taxpaying properties off the tax rolls - what a wonderful strategy. Start spending the CFP money on a sewer system instead. It all smells anyway.
By HamptonDad (236), Hampton Bays on Sep 14, 16 3:04 PM
Do you want to pay $20,000 in property tax? Thats what would happen if they would put a sewer system in the town. Furthermore,if we did have a sewer system the East End would look like points west and parts of the Jersey shore. Its because of the CPF and land trust that we still have farms and open space on the east end.
By JM11968 (71), southampton on Sep 14, 16 3:29 PM
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No, I don't want to pay $20K in RE taxes, that's why I want the CPF to stop buying up tax paying properties. At this point, I'm more concerned about our waterways than open space and believe the funds should be directed toward that cause.
By HamptonDad (236), Hampton Bays on Sep 14, 16 5:09 PM
I agree, water is a problem and development is one of may reasons why the water ways are in their current state. Again the CPF has saved the East End i.e.: 40% of EH has been preserved. East Hampton has used their CPF found to buy a few homes along the bay tore them down and let the the land go back to its natural state to help with water quality.
By JM11968 (71), southampton on Sep 14, 16 8:31 PM
Thsi land was a landscape nursery prior to being sold for development. It was not paying very much in taxes if it was considered agricultural. What a relief there will be no houses there.
By AL (83), southampton on Sep 14, 16 7:30 PM
WARNING--The Village has violated an agreement with the Town regarding public access in the past! In 1956 the Town Trustees transferred title to the Trustee Roads along Meadow Lane with the covenant attached stating that these ROADS be maintained by the Village for the purpose of providing public access to the beach. If The ROADS are not maintained , title SHALL revert to the Town Trustees. road D provides public access as does road F. A, B, C, E and G have been abandoned. When questioned about ...more
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Sep 17, 16 3:08 AM
I just heard about this yesterday! AMAZING!!! Def wish i knew about the meeting !

Maybe they will return the original access road known was Jim Aerys Way! Technically our fearless leader REMOVED the Memorial access Road !! SHAMEFUL to the family of Mr Aery!

Where is the Jim Aerys Way street sign that once stood along to road at the beginning of the access road that is now a eye sore of a parking lot. ???????

By toes in the water (884), southampton on Sep 17, 16 7:27 AM
The public is able to speak at both Village and Town Trustee meetings, let our elected officials know that we need OUR ROADS opened to the public, not our footpaths with no parking, but our ROADS
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Sep 17, 16 11:24 AM
Thank you soo much for this great info BF !!
By toes in the water (884), southampton on Sep 18, 16 7:19 AM