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Nov 16, 2017 4:55 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Town Buys Part Of Tuckahoe Center Property With CPF

Robet Morrow.  PRESS FILE
Nov 21, 2017 10:42 AM

The Southampton Town Board agreed last week to buy a parcel of land off County Road 39 in Tuckahoe that was once part of the proposed Tuckahoe Center shopping center complex, using up to $4.6 million from the Community Preservation Fund.

The 7-acre swath of land is planned to be preserved as open space, and possibly as a public park.

The Town Board unanimously voted on November 14, 5-0, for Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman to enter a contract of sale with the developer.

The land being preserved is part of the shopping center proposal originally pitched by developers Robert Morrow, Lance Nill and Lyle Pike. A change of zone application for the project was pulled by the developers in April after years of negotiations between them and the town, as well as opposition from many property owners in the area who didn’t want to see a shopping center in their neighborhood.

The developers were looking to alter the zoning on adjoining properties, all situated along the southeastern side of County Road 39 and near Magee Street, to build the shopping center, which would have been anchored by a large grocery store but also featured other retail space. The plan never won the necessary support of the Town Board to approve the change of zone.

The parcel of land being purchased is the same place where an old Independent Group Home Living facility now stands. A building on that property will be demolished as part of the preservation of the site. The purchase does not include the land fronting County Road 39, which is still owned by the developers.

If one of the adjacent properties owned by the developers—a 4.7-acre lot—is eventually developed and used for an assisted living facility, as had been discussed, the preserved space could be used for activities for the residents, Mr. Schneiderman said.

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Just what we need, more land off the tax rolls. Tuckahoe can't afford to lose more tax paying property. 4 golf courses and Stony Brook. How about PILOTS to ease the burden on the tax payers?
By Gene10x (27), Southampton on Nov 16, 17 9:23 PM
Have you looked around to see the build up of traffic, and parts of the hamptons that should just be called farrellhampton. Preserve more or we will be Nassau County.
By rvs (106), sag harbor on Nov 16, 17 11:22 PM
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If you were to off load some of that resentment, you might find work too. With regards to the article- this was a ruse. Taxpayers money was just used to buy a public nuisance whose grounds house what appears to be over a dozen homeless illegal immigrants. There is no Public benefit to this wasteful expense.
By even flow (1023), East Hampton on Nov 17, 17 5:54 AM
Wasn’t this the parcel of land that The developers were planning to donate to the town as a park if the Tuckahoe Center went through?

And, doesn’t the CPF already own the Corrigan parcel across the tracks to the east?

And, yet, the Tuckahoe School is overcrowded and under funded. Taking more parcels off the tax rolls isn’t going to help...
By Draggerman (955), Southampton on Nov 17, 17 7:53 AM
I didn't realize that. Thanks for the details.
By bb (922), Hampton Bays on Nov 17, 17 10:08 AM
5 million for 7 Acres? I thought this money was supposed to be used for open space and preserving wildlife. Now we are buying up commercial land and over paying for it? Someone needs to investigate Jay Schneiderman and his minions this is not what we voted for when it comes to cpf funds
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Nov 19, 17 3:12 PM
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