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Apr 12, 2016 4:59 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Planning Board Now Expected To Approve Remsenburg Subdivision In May

Apr 12, 2016 5:17 PM

The Southampton Town Planning Board is now expected to sign off on a long-anticipated Remsenburg subdivision around Memorial Day, two months later than originally expected, after a pair of historians requested that the developer try to preserve one of the preexisting homes on the 22.9-acre property.

At last month’s Planning Board meeting, two members of town’s Landmarks and Historic Districts Board—Chair Sally Spanburgh and Vice Chair Stephanie Davis—urged members of the board to force the developer, Lawrence Citarelli, to restore a house that overlooks South Country Road and dates back to 1740. Current subdivision plans call for the gutting of the structure, and its subsequent restoration and resale as part of the 19-lot subdivision.

“The properties up here have been neglected,” said Ms. Spanburgh while pointing at a site plan for the subdivision, called Remsenburg Estates, during last month’s meeting.

She also suggested that the Planning Board request updated documents detailing the deterioration of the building, noting that those now on file with the town are from the early stages of the review process, dating back to 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Planning Board members, who had been expected to sign off on Mr. Citarelli’s application at last month’s meeting, instead opted to hold off on making a final decision so they could review the suggestions made by Ms. Spanburgh and Ms. Davis. Mr. Citarelli needs the board’s approval before cutting the roads for the subdivision. Once that is done, he can apply for the necessary building permits.

Planning Board Chairman Dennis Finnerty explained this week that his board is still reviewing the final round of comments, including those made by Ms. Spanburgh and Ms. Davis, though he does not expect it to require any additional modifications to the site plan before signing off on it next month.

“We have reached the final point where most of the major modifications are ironed out,” Mr. Finnerty said.

Mr. Citarelli stressed that the structure in question will be renovated so that it keeps its historic character.

“The exterior architecture, as you see it now, will be as close to identical as it can possibly be,” he said.

The entrances to Mr. Citarelli’s subdivision—which has gone through at least eight iterations since it was first discussed in 2011—will be sited on South Country Road and Nidzyn Avenue, while roughly 6 acres of the 22.9-acre property will be preserved as open space.

If all goes as planned, and he secures final approval in May, Mr. Citarelli expects to break ground on the subdivision by June.

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Eastport can use some development to help ease the tax burden in the area!
By Mouthampton (439), Southampton on Apr 13, 16 11:17 AM
Where are all the workforce housing protesters amid this project? Oh that's right, it's million dollar homes. It will raise their property values.
By tenn tom (259), remsenburg on Apr 14, 16 7:57 AM