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Jun 7, 2011 3:33 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Post Office's "Green" Landscaping Draws Complaints

Jun 7, 2011 7:06 PM

For the second summer since the Southampton Post Office has been on North Sea Road, the appearance of its landscaping has been attracting negative attention, according to Southampton Village officials.

As a federally owned and operated institution, the post office lies outside village auspices, however.

Mayor Mark Epley sent a letter dated May 31 to Southampton Postmaster Walter Marsicovetere, calling for the property to be tidied up.

“I am absolutely appalled at the condition of the landscape at the Southampton Post Office,” Mr. Epley wrote, almost one year to the day when he first broached the issue before the Village Board. “The post office failure to maintain that property in a respectable condition is an insult to the community that you serve.

“The volume of calls that we have received is significant, and I would like action taken on this matter immediately,” the mayor continued in his memo, which he also sent to U.S. Representative Tim Bishop of Southampton.

Mr. Marsicovetere did not immediately return a phone call on Tuesday. Federal post office officials could not immediately respond for comment.

The post office opened at its current site last year at 123 North Sea Road after moving from smaller quarters on Nugent Street.

The day a story went to press in The Southampton Press last June, the lawn at the site was mowed. Now-retired U.S. Postal Service spokesman Tom Gaynor said last year that an unnamed landscaper had not lived up to his contractual obligations, and that a new one had to be brought in.

Wenger Construction Co. Inc., the builder, meanwhile, has hailed the new building for being the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, postal facility on Long Island based in part on its environmentally friendly landscaping, which is supposed to require little watering, mowing or fertilizers.

But according to the mayor, the village has been inundated with complaints about the wild appearance.

“The U.S. [Postal Service] didn’t budget any money for property maintenance,” he claimed. “When they planted it, they claimed it was a maintenance-free lawn.”

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I like the landscaping just the way it is... and I'm going to let Mark know
By deKooning (106), southampton on Jun 9, 11 1:12 PM
Gee, I thought Willem had passed on maybe not on the other hand maybe a nice deKoonig hanging in a well protected banner placemnt on the front lawn would take everone's mind off of the bahia grass.
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on Jun 11, 11 1:31 PM
Au naturel.

No wasteful freshwater irrigation squandering a precious resource, no pesticides. How 'bout some wildflowers sprinkled in? Color the place a bit, y'know?
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jun 9, 11 5:36 PM
Parking at the post office is a nightmare. Who cares what the landscaping looks like when you cant navigate a landscape trailer thru the parking lot in the first place.
By cochise316 (58), southampton on Jun 11, 11 1:21 PM
Here's an idea - why don't we pave over the "lawns" to add more parking.
By Ms. Jane Q. Public (147), Southampton on Jun 13, 11 8:38 AM
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I'm fine with it. I hope the post office doesn't relent. Sure, toss in a few wildflowers. What's horrible are those fake-looking lawns on Meadow Lane, chock-full of pesticides and watered almost all day long.
By Mr Suffolk (113), Twin Forks on Jun 14, 11 3:25 PM
The building is very unattractive, and the landscaping is atrocious. The parking is a total nightmare. For a village like Southampton, the building should have looked more traditional and had more character. Overall I'm as disappointed now as when it first opened. A total "thumbs down."
By Uniblab (24), Water Mill on Jun 14, 11 6:12 PM
On a serious note, now that compensation costs exceed 80% of the USPS' total budget, who needs some cheap retail space at gov't auction in the not too distant future?

Save a little on the purchase price, and you'd have the cash to fix the parking lot!
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jun 14, 11 8:17 PM
The landscaping is fine. No worse than what was there before, in keeping with the CPF culture wild look, and not any more shaby than Aldrich Lane park. Perhaps they could lease the land to some small scale farmer/s who could cultivate small vegetable gardens like has been proposed for Aldrich park that could then be sold at the farmers market. Of course there would be deer and rabbit fencing to deal with. ( and alas liability insurance).

The worse problem, again is the driveway and parking ...more
By V.Tomanoku (790), southampton on Jun 15, 11 9:04 AM
Boy if only Flanders Riverside and Northampton could just have their own zip code instead of sharing 11901 with Riverhead,we would probably take care of the landscaping ourselves,Thanks Tim Bishop for doing nothing since elected,blow smoke somewhere else.
By Shout ot loud (20), Southampton on Jun 16, 11 7:56 PM