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Sep 26, 2012 10:14 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Town Will Seek Tax Exemption For Family And Club From Beach Project Burden

Sep 26, 2012 10:56 AM

Town Accepts Neptune Lane Property

Also on Tuesday, the Town Board agreed to accept an abandoned Hampton Bays parcel from Suffolk County for use as an affordable housing lot.

The town will partner with Youth Build, an offshoot of the national United Way organization that builds affordable houses while teaching disadvantaged youths the building trade, to construct a single-family home on the lot at 42 Neptune Avenue in Hampton Bays. The lot currently has a burned-out home on it and was seized by the county for non-payment of taxes.

The lot will be given to the Housing Authority, which will facilitate the development and selection of a qualified family or individual to be given the opportunity to purchase the house.

The board had debated in recent weeks whether the property could be developed by the Housing Authority and rented out rather than sold. The board has been largely split over the benefits of renting versus selling its growing inventory of parcels dedicated to affordable housing. The majority has sided in favor of selling the homes rather than renting them, especially in Hampton Bays and Flanders/Riverside, where problems with low-income rental housing have been a sore point in recent years.

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