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Oct 21, 2008 10:21 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Woodfield Gables approval coming

Oct 21, 2008 10:21 AM

The Woodfield Gables subdivision in Speonk could receive preliminary approval from the Southampton Town Planning Board as early as November 6.

The 57-lot project on 160 acres on the northwest corner of Speonk-Riverhead Road and Old Country Road has come under much public scrutiny, due mostly to a 1.5-mile plume of contaminated groundwater whose northern boundary is in the middle of the proposed development site.

The State Department of Environmental Conservation is continuing an active investigation into the source and extent of the plume. Developer Tom Datre, who owns the property, has agreed to provide public water and a soil vapor barrier under the homes to protect residents from the contamination.

On October 16, the Planning Board discussed final, minor changes to the plan, including a park that had been designed on the south side of the property that will now be centrally located. The park includes a gazebo and walking paths.

Mr. Datre has also agreed that the roads within the subdivision will be public.

The final action deadline for preliminary approval is November 6.

If the plan receives preliminary approval, there will be a final public hearing before final approval is granted, though the pace of that process depends on how quickly Mr. Datre decides to go ahead with his plans.

Beth Young

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Yeah! Approval for Brownfield Gables!
By CommonSense (71), Southampton on Oct 22, 08 12:12 PM
Can you spell L-A-W-S-U-I-T-S? That's what our builder dominated "Shameful Decision" planning board has left us to face in the future. They knuckled under AGAIN to the very people who want to suck as much profit out of the land as possible without regard to our welfare. We've been taken (in the biblical sense) again!
By foodie (74), Remsenburg on Oct 22, 08 6:14 PM
The people involved with this should be ashamed. Obviously they have never lost a loved one to cancer brought on by a polluted environment. They chose money over people's safety. Not sure how Datre and his lawyers (connected to town officials) sleep at night,
By Hampton (50), Westhampton on Oct 23, 08 8:08 AM
The only buffer to the continued expansion and development north of the Montauk Highway will be Gabreski and the Pine Barrens - and even they will be threatened. Talk to the old timers who recall there was some sort of pillow factory there - using all sorts of what we now know are carcinogens. A vapor barrier will provide protection? Ah come on.
By North of Highway (280), Westhampton Beach on Oct 27, 08 3:57 PM