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Aug 7, 2019 3:41 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

East Hampton To Re-Zone Ballfields To Make Way For New ER Facility

Stony Brook-Southampton Hospital has submitted several possible designs for the planned new emergency room on Pantigo Road in East Hampton.
Aug 12, 2019 5:07 PM

The East Hampton Town Board is exploring the options of a zone change on the Pantigo Road ballfields to make way for the anticipated construction of the Stony Brook Southampton Hospital satellite emergency room.

The town’s Planning Department told the board that it could rezone the property to one of the two previous zoning designations it had carried in the past—commercial industrial, or residential—which would impose different constraints on how the future development on the property is arranged.

The commercial industrial designation, which is what the hospital has requested, would allow a significantly larger footprint for the facility than the residential zone’s larger setback requirements and smaller lot coverages would allow.

Commercial industrial zoning allows up to 50 percent lot coverage and property line setbacks of as little as 15 feet, while residential allows just 8 percent total building coverage and requires setbacks of 25 feet or more.

Eric Schantz, a planner for the town, said the property at 400 Pantigo was originally zoned commercial industrial, as the two adjacent office parks at 200 and 300 Pantigo are. The town purchased the lot in 1988 and switched the zoning to residential at first, and then to parks and conservation when the ballfields were built.

The hospital has proposed an approximately 27,000-square-foot building on the 4.5-acre lot, which it will lease from East Hampton Town for 50 years.

The hospital will pay $1.5 million to the town to rebuild two new ballfields elsewhere in the town where the Little League teams that use the Pantigo fields now will be able to play.

The new ER facility will be built under a state-sponsored drive to expand freestanding emergency rooms. The hospital has already been awarded a $10 million grant. Hospital officials have said the facility will cost a total of $30 million to build.

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