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Aug 15, 2012 12:58 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Quiogue Residents Oppose Plans For New East End Hospice Facility

Aug 15, 2012 1:28 PM

“The whole thing is just poorly conceived in terms of the plan,” Mr. Hillman said.

He and Ms. Magee both said they were supportive of East End Hospice and its mission, but they pointed out that tall grass and reeds obstruct the view of the Aspatuck Creek from the property, and it is illegal to clear them, adding to the reasons that the site is not suitable for such a facility.

They said they would rather see the property sold and developed as 4 or 5 residences—a scenario that Mr. Hillman said would benefit East End Hospice, which could make a profit large enough to buy a more suitable property for the facility.

Not all residents, however are in opposition to the plan. Eileen Wooden, who lives with her husband off nearby Alden Lane, said she supports the project and welcomes it as a quiet addition to the neighborhood. She does not feel will draw in large amounts of traffic.

“I am 100-percent behind it,” Ms. Wooden said. “The people who are against it don’t realize how lucky they are that they are getting a small, dignified place like a hospice residence.”

Viviana Garbutt, who also lives off Hampton Street, echoed Mr. Hillman’s and Ms. Magee’s concerns. She said she has volunteered and donated money to East End Hospice, and she understands the need for such a facility on the East End, but that it does not belong in such a residential neighborhood.

“It’s the wrong site,” Ms. Garbutt said. “It’s a great cause, but it’s definitely the wrong fit. It’s going to be a disaster for Quigoue, the creek and our community. Our quality of life—I see it drastically changing.”

Though the current plan calls for only an eight-room facility, the residents said they fear the facility would expand in future years. Michael Pitcher, who serves on the East End Hospice Board of Directors, said that doing so would require them to undo the subdivisions and the conservation easement, which is near impossible. He also said that the state restricts the facility to only eight beds.

“We will be working hand in hand with the town to address those issues,” Mr. Pitcher said of some of the neighbors’ concerns. “As a hospice residence, we want to keep the lighting to an absolute minimum. This isn’t a shopping center—it’s a residence. It’s a home for people who are spending their last days. We certainly want to keep it as non-intrusive as possible, first for our residents, and then for our neighbors.”

Kevin McAllister, the Peconic Baykeeper, said that he had no objection to the hospice being located on the parcel of land neighboring the Aspatuck Creek, but he said he felt it should be a model for progressive, environmentally sound development by investing in a waste water treatment system. Mr. McAllister said he contacted East End Hospice and recommended they consider installing such a system, but he said that to his knowledge, they never pursued it with the company he suggested.

“At this juncture in time with what we know, we have to break the mold here and do things differently,” Mr. McAllister said. “If they’re not following up with what I’m suggesting to them or not responding to the help that I’m offering to make this a better facility, all I can do is step back and be disappointed. The concern for water doesn’t really matter to you—the inaction is telling me that.”

Ms. Ruffin said she turned Mr. McAllister’s recommendations over to the architectural firm that is working on the project, Roger Ferris and Partners LLC of Westport, Connecticut, and they are considering it.

“Everything is still on the table—we haven’t said that’s good or that’s bad or we could or we can’t,” Ms. Ruffin said, adding, “Whatever we have to do we’ll do, and, happily, it’s not a chore.”

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What a cruel bunch of people ... shame on you !
By AndersEn (174), Southampton on Aug 17, 12 9:35 AM
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They object to a a facility that is limited to eight rooms, basically they are going to be building a house, for people to spend their last days in.
By pstevens (406), Wilmington on Aug 17, 12 10:00 AM
Quiogue, Quogue & WHB residents should look at their age and realize they need this type of facility. They are not referred to as the Villages of the walking dead for nothing. Typical Nimby BS.
By G (342), Southampton on Aug 17, 12 10:21 AM
mon Cherie, I'll die, you'lll die, we all die..........let them do it in peace and dignity. Hospice does an incredibly compassionate job at what they do. They will be there for you and yours shoudl you need their services someday.
By Phadreus1340 (144), Southampton on Aug 17, 12 10:52 AM
I suppose Ms. Magee and her 59 narrow minded associates prefer the derelict building that has been decomposing at the site for the last twenty years. I'm sure a site plan can be devised that will put the driveway on Meeting House Lane and adequate screening left or installed so the unfortunate patients do not have to look at Magee and her neighbors.
By VOS (1241), WHB on Aug 17, 12 2:37 PM
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A rather selfish and short sighted group of people. It's not like this is going to be a party house with noise and cars going in and out all night. But rather a quiet and serene place close by for patients and families who need the services of hospice out here on the east end . SHAME on all of you!!!!!!
By sandydog21 (195), Southampton on Aug 19, 12 7:46 AM
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at least is not an in and out patient rehab center. nor is it a family medical center. how many people will be visiting the terminally ill and how can that affect the live of the neighbors? Have some compassion for your fellow neighbors. FOR SHAME!!!
By xtiego (698), bridgehampton on Aug 21, 12 5:47 PM
A new height of selfish and mean in the hamptons
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Aug 21, 12 8:21 PM
“It will destroy this place,” Ms. Magee said Its residents like Ms Magee who destroy neighborhoods. And Cheri should never forget the God is always watching
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Aug 30, 12 3:11 PM