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Mar 26, 2019 12:51 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Town Approves $10 Million CPF Purchase Of 2.9 Acres In Southampton Village

Southampton Town is poised to purchase the property at 111 Pond Lane in Southampton Village with $10 million of Community Preservation Fund money.
Mar 29, 2019 4:53 PM

Southampton Town Board members on Tuesday approved the purchase of a 2.9-acre lot in Southampton Village for $10 million using Community Preservation Fund money, with plans to preserve it as open space.

The property, located at 111 Pond Lane, just south of the historic Pyrrhus Concer house lot, is owned by FHW Limited Partnership, which expressed interest in selling the property to the town.

Southampton Village Mayor Michael Irving said on Tuesday morning that he plans to leave the property as open space.

“I think that the open space is huge, because we have so little in the village,” he said. “There are some old growth trees in there, and it’s a pretty nice piece of property once it gets cleaned up a bit. There’s a lot of overgrowth of various non-indigenous plants and stuff in there, and we plan to clean all that out.”

Being next door to the Pyrrhus Concer property, which was purchased using CPF money as well, Mr. Irving said, the open space will make the area more contiguous. The current plan for the Concer property is to restore the historic house, which had been demolished, as a public resource, though no completion date is currently set.

He also said that given the property’s proximity to Lake Agawam, village officials could choose to install a rain garden along the front of the property to catch rain runoff before going into the lake.

Like Mr. Irving, Southampton Village Board member Kimberly Allan emphasized that there are not many open parcels of land left in the village.

“We were fortunate to have a willing seller and a Town Board that appreciated the historic significance of the park, its meaning to the community and impact on Lake Agawam,” Ms. Allan said in a text on Monday. “The preservation of these lots will help protect that vista, the old growth of trees and Lake Agawam’s water quality—so residents and visitors alike can enjoy the park festivities and the open vista for years to come.”

Mr. Irving said with the help of Ms. Allan and Village Planning Commission member Joseph McLoughlin, a list of properties for CPF consideration was sent to the town, and the 111 Pond Lane property was identified as one of the critical ones because of its proximity to Lake Agawam.

“We finally got it after it was designated a priority for decades,” Ms. Allan said.

“I think it’s a big asset to the village, and we’re finally getting some usage out of the open space funds that we’ve contributed so religiously to,” Mr. Irving added.

The town is expected to spend $3.5 million of CPF money per acre for the lot. The money is not coming from the 20-percent of CPF designated for improving water quality, even though Mr. Irving suggested the possibility of installing a rain garden for that purpose.

In comparison, on March 12, the town spent $2 million of CPF money to purchase an enhanced easement over 20 acres of farmland in Water Mill—or $100,000 per acre—in an effort to assure the land is forever farmed and not sold off for real estate.

Although an agricultural reserve was on the property and served as a protective easement, the town chose to place the enhanced easement over that to make sure 80-percent of the 20 acres is used for food production, where the other 20 percent can be used for structures associated with food production or more farming.

Peconic Land Trust President John v.H. Halsey thanked the board members for their efforts in preserving the land.

“This is the 12th or 13th instance where the town will be buying these enhanced easements,” he said. “Really, what you’re doing, is assuring that this land will be farmed.”

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now were talking Good job
By Local247 (39), Southampton on Mar 27, 19 11:38 AM
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Water treatment plant???
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Mar 27, 19 11:59 AM
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sculpture park
By BrianWilliams (87), on Mar 27, 19 1:49 PM
Interesting the board can spend 10 million at the drop of a hat for property for a park in the village but can't come up with 1 million to get rid of a blight and add a park in Hampton Bays.
By bird (829), Sag Harbor on Mar 27, 19 5:35 PM
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Unreal BEL AIRE is still packed with people and the scum lord is still collecting his checks. Hampton Bays is the joke of the Hamptons
By bigblue84 (89), Hampton Bays on Mar 27, 19 6:34 PM
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waste of money
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Mar 27, 19 8:40 PM
10 million for a lot? Does anyone think that money could be better spent west of the canal? What was the last big money purchase,Sag Harbor. Hampton Bays would be a better place to spend that kind of money.
By Dee1961 (11), East Quogue on Mar 27, 19 9:10 PM
More land shifted to the government, way to go!
By April1 (156), Southampton on Mar 27, 19 10:17 PM
They could of taken the 10 million and put in storm drains and cleaned the lake up. What a waste of money.
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Mar 28, 19 7:52 AM
Has anyone ever investigated the legality of this slush fund? Where in any by-laws, legislation or tested precedent can a municipality create a secret slush fund which has some secret formula for how it deploys funds confiscated from the local citizens?
By SlimeAlive (1181), Southampton on Mar 28, 19 7:59 AM
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If 20% of CPF funds are for water quality why is there an issue fixing the wells in hampton bays. Why is SCWA even an option especially now with the issues thet are having
By summer2001 (8), Hampton Bays on Mar 31, 19 7:05 AM
Hampton Bays loves the good old boy network running the water district let them figure it out. The same water district employees are in the fire department and no one as usual is accountable. Same BS same results
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Mar 31, 19 1:50 PM
But Jay won’t support CPF purchase of the BellAire...there is no consistency in Town decisions..is there a policy? Oh yes...the whims of Jay.
By Marrrmin (17), Hampton bays on Apr 5, 19 12:14 PM