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Feb 10, 2010 10:21 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Staff housing coming soon to The Bridge

Feb 10, 2010 10:21 AM

The owners of The Bridge, a 230-acre private golf course in Noyac, plan to begin construction on a staff housing project soon and hope to have it finished by summer.

Having recently won approval for their plans from the Southampton Town Planning Board, The Bridge’s owners need only to get a building permit before they can break ground on the project. They first presented their proposal to build an 11,056-square-foot building with 47 beds for seasonal workers on the western portion of the property to the Planning Board in August 2009.

The building, which will be located off Millstone Road, will also include a 5,500-square-foot basement that will be used for offices and storage and a 30-space parking area, according to the plans.

Owner Robert Rubin hopes to have the structure built as soon as possible—by the summer at the latest—said Richard Van de Kieft, a planner at The Raynor Group in Water Mill who represents Mr. Rubin.

The building is situated “well within” Mr. Rubin’s property and is not visible from any public roads, Mr. Van de Kieft said.

Jessica DiNapoli

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By rabbit (65), watermill on Feb 15, 10 1:20 PM

Another golf course decimating the tax base and area revenues for the benefit of a few. To add insult to injury, the staff will likely have children who will add to the taxpayers' increasing school burden by further increasing enrollment and costs to the local school district, a double whammy!

How long must taxpayers put up with this as golf courses in our area continue to destroy the critical revenue sources municipalities need to survive?
By Common Sense (56), Southampton on Feb 16, 10 1:00 AM
Read the article - "seasonal workers" These are people with work visas who come here for the summer. I am no fan of golf course politics, but why make this about immigrants and school burdens? Seasonal workers pay taxes and, if they have visas, they are here legally, therefore they are entitled to the same privileges of all taxpayers. If there are local workers willing and able to do the same work, by all means, use them first. But if there are not, then seasonal workers with visa are a perfectly ...more
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Feb 16, 10 11:12 AM

Sounds good in principle, but the seasonal workers who live in the new on-site housing will not be getting paid much IMO (after the allowance for the housing provided). How can local workers compete with such migrant workers whose housing is free and wages are low?

This set up reminds me of when potato farms covered The East End, and many of the summer migrant workers lived in owner-provided housing on the farm. Those migrant camps were not such great places as I recall.

Funny ...more
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Feb 16, 10 3:31 PM