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Jul 10, 2017 12:12 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Cromer's Market In Noyac Seeks Zone Change For Additional Parking

Cromer's Market. JEN NEWMAN
Jul 10, 2017 12:12 PM

The owner of Cromer’s Market in Noyac wants to alter the zoning of a small lot that sits just to the rear of his business, allowing for the creation of additional parking spaces.

Representatives of Tony Lawless, who owns the market, recently asked the Southampton Town Board to consider rezoning the residential property—located on the west side of Cedar Lane—to hamlet commercial so he can add approximately 10 parking spaces and also convert a small house on the lot into office space.

If successful, both the smaller lot, which is less than one eighth of an acre, and the roughly one third of an acre parcel on which Cromer’s Market stands would be combined into a single commercially zoned property. The smaller property is a non-conforming residential lot that now features refrigerated storage containers, a tiny house and a few parking spaces.

Attorney Timothy McCulley, who is representing Mr. Lawless, told board members at last Thursday’s work session, held at Sag Harbor Village Hall, that the rezoning would allow his client to combine the two properties. Mr. McCulley added that he expects the change to yield about 10 new parking spaces, but noted that the final number would depend on what kind of buffer the Town Planning Board would demand.

Town Planning and Development Administrator Kyle Collins said the requested zone change is consistent with the town’s comprehensive plan. According to Mr. Collins, merging the two parcels would eliminate a non-conforming use and create a uniform, nearly half-acre commercial property.

The zoning change, if approved, would not permit the construction of a larger building on the combined property, Mr. Collins added.

A formal application is expected to be filed with the Town Board soon, at which time a public hearing would then be scheduled.

In the summer of 2014, the town completed a repaving project that attempted to eliminate a dangerous curve along Noyac Road, in front of Cromer’s Market and the nearby Whalebone General Store. As part of that work, roughly 300 feet of new road was installed, and workers also put in a 3-foot-wide concrete curb separating Noyac Road from the new parking area in front of the shops. A new turning lane was also created on the westbound side of Noyac Road.

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