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Jul 11, 2018 10:55 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Town Board Approves CPF Purchase Paving Way For Waterfront Park In Sag Harbor

Village Trustee James Larocca explains the preliminary plans for the John Steinbeck Waterfront Park. ELSIE BOSKAMP
Jul 11, 2018 11:08 AM

The Southampton Town Board on Tuesday approved the $10.5 million Community Preservation Fund purchase of 1.25 acres of waterfront property on Ferry Road in Sag Harbor for village officials to transform into a community park.

The park, which will be known as the John Steinbeck Waterfront Park, is expected to feature public bathrooms, picnic tables and benches, an amphitheater, a walkway with a sculpture of John Steinbeck, and a sculpture of an anchor to represent the community’s whalers, according to Sag Harbor Village Mayor Sandra Schroeder, who attended the Town Board meeting on Tuesday.

Although the land will be purchased by the town, the village is responsible for paying the building costs.

Ms. Schroeder said she hopes the park will be finished by early 2019, and noted that village officials will begin meeting next month to formulate a more specific plan on the development and design, as some things are still “up in the air.”

The newly purchased CPF property will be linked by land and water to Windmill Park and Long Wharf, creating a continuous park, beach and green space.

“We see this as part of a continuation of the waterfront,” Sag Harbor Village Board member James Larocca said. “It completes the picture of a waterfront that has evolved from old commercial fishing and industrial work to one that’s devoted to recreation and enjoyment.”

Several community residents, including board members of Save Sag Harbor, an organization dedicated to preserving the village’s small-town charm, attended the Tuesday meeting to show support for the project.

“I’m really happy to be a part of this,” Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman said. “I think this is going to have a really happy ending for the Village of Sag Harbor.”

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Sag Harbor gets a Park. Hampton Bays gets a sewage plant.
By Marrrmin (17), Hampton bays on Jul 11, 18 6:38 PM
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Plus 10 mil gets you a lot more land west of the canal. Think how big of a sewage treatment plant you could get for 10 mil!
By C Law (354), Water Mill on Jul 12, 18 3:57 PM
$10.5M for a 1.25 acre parcel in Sag Harbor? Sounds like an incredibly high price to me, even for waterfront (esp. considering this is a Bay-front lot, not oceanfront). Once again it seems the CPF and it's managers are profligate with tax dollars.
By Funbeer (273), Southampton on Jul 11, 18 10:48 PM
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CPF has to be based on appraisal by law.

Have you checked prices in Sag Harb village?

Teardowns on half acres nowhere near the water are going for over a mill.
By aging hipster (201), Southampton on Jul 12, 18 9:11 AM
That gives a false sense of comfort to anyone thinking they represent true value. Those appraisals can be influenced by interested parties, and even when they are not appraisals can be highly subjective and arrive at valuations that defy common sense. Unlike with bank financing where the appraisals are blind, the CPF I believe uses a contract service provider. It could be argued that this give the appraiser the incentive to undervalue a parcel, but the owner of a waterfront parcel would have ...more
By Funbeer (273), Southampton on Jul 15, 18 1:40 PM
Why John Steinbeck Can someone please tell me what has he ever done for Sag Harbor
Why not artists and writers park and recognize what many artists and writers have done for Sag Harbor
By harbor man (47), sag harbor on Jul 12, 18 1:22 PM
John Steinbeck lived for a few years in the Harbor and wrote his last novel here, "The Winter of Our Discontent", some consider it his best work. He looked like a trawler deckhand and enjoyed knocking a few back with the locals in the Black Buoy. He was around during Sag Harbors best years, so why not name a park after him.
By country joe (60), sag harbor on Jul 12, 18 6:08 PM
I would add that even though his more famous works were written while in Northern California, he did not have a particularly enjoyable time there, from what I recall reading about him. The people around Salinas did not treat him well and he had a much better quality of life in Sag Harbor. Most writers based on the East End in those days ooked like trawler deckhands, and drank in local bars.
By Funbeer (273), Southampton on Jul 13, 18 1:48 AM