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Dec 14, 2011 10:01 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Grocers, Water Mill Residents Oppose Southampton Village 'Supermarket' Law

Dec 19, 2011 2:41 PM

Under the proposed law, a supermarket ranging from 10,000 square feet to 20,000 square feet could be built as a special permit use on a handful of village highway lots that measure at least 60,000 square feet, or just shy of 1.5 acres, and front County Road 39 or 39A or Flying Point Road. The Glennons’ lot is the only one that fronts the latter. Special permit uses require Village Board approval.

The mayor noted that passage of the law would not override Suffolk County Department of Health decisions or traffic studies, for example. “It’s just not a rubber-stamp saying, ‘Hey, somebody’s going to get an approval,’” he said.

The other sites that would be eligible include a gynecologist’s office, a house owned by the Stachecki family, and two lots owned by Buzz Chew Chevrolet-Cadillac, according to Village Tax Receiver Danielle Burns.

Mr. Silver, the broker for the Glennons, was present at last week’s Village Board meeting, but did not speak publicly.

Mr. Schmidt, in addressing the board last Thursday, touched on a similar point to Ms. Verno’s. In 1978, before he owned his first market, the village building inspector scolded him for suggesting zoning be changed so that he could open a market at the site of a closed gas station on Hampton Road.

“Now, here we are, 30 years later, and that’s what we’re doing,” he said. “We’re changing the zoning to accommodate someone or something that I don’t see the reason for.”

Large supermarkets in Bridgehampton and Hampton Bays, short drives east and west of the village, respectively, negate the need for a new supermarket in the village, he added. “We’re cutting up the pie. We’re really cutting it up,” Mr. Schmidt warned. He also criticized the board for scheduling a public hearing for January, when many locals are away.

“Competition’s fine,” Mr. DeGennaro said. “I believe in free markets and capitalism, but with the government changing the laws to allow other competitors in, I think it’s a bit of an unfair advantage, that the local businesses will suffer.”

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too much traffic; no need for another grocery store in SH or in any of the Hamptons.
By AFB (31), NYC/SH on Dec 19, 11 3:12 PM
Per previous posts in earlier articles, this application may be a smoke screen, as Mayor Epley has indicated that 9 other parcels +/- would benefit from this change of zoning.

Despite previous requests, 27east has not updated the map to indicate these other parcels. Hmmmmmm?

In particular, there is a large triangular parcel south of CR39 and west of North Sea Road, which would appear to be within the HB designation. How much of this triangle is taken up by McDonalds, the new Nursing ...more
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Dec 19, 11 7:08 PM
I'm sure the Village could care less what Water Mill thinks. Do what is best for the Village.
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Dec 21, 11 11:55 AM