East Hampton Kicks Off Springs-Fireplace Road Corridor Study

The East Hampton Town Board will be conducting a public kickoff meeting for the Springs-Fireplace Road Corridor Study on Thursday, Feb. 27 in the Baldwin Room of the East Hampton Library at 159 Main Street, East Hampton at 6:30 pm. 

“The kickoff meeting is an opportunity for community members to meet directly with the consulting team to provide input, local knowledge, concerns and aspirations for the area,” said East Hampton Town Councilwoman Kathee Burke-Gonzalez. “We hope property owners in the corridor will be active participants in the planning process.”

The Springs Fireplace Road Corridor Study is an intensive evaluation of the traffic, land use and environmental issues affecting Springs Fireplace Road and the surrounding area.

Consultants are expected to collect and analyze existing conditions, projected buildout conditions and issues facing the area and develop a plan to improve the functionality and visual character of the area while also reducing potential environmental threats.

They will conduct field observations, analyze various existing data sets and solicit information from businesses, property owners, citizen groups, the public and town officials.

Conducting a more detailed study of the Springs Fireplace Road Corridor was a recommendation made by local residents during the review process of the Springs and East Hampton Hamlet Studies.

As the gateway to Springs and one of the most heavily traveled roads in the Town, the area is suffering from traffic congestion and lack of landscaping. There are multiple site plan applications pending development approval in the area and the East Hampton Planning Board requested the town retain an outside consulting team to help evaluate the cumulative traffic impacts of these development projects.

The Springs Fireplace Road Corridor has also been designated a New York State Special Groundwater Protection Area because it is an area where disproportionately large quantities of rainwater are recharged and stored in the aquifers supplying East Hampton’s drinking water.

All activities and land uses within the area must be closely monitored and evaluated to prevent potential groundwater contamination. 

The boundaries of the Corridor Study run from the North Main Street intersection, north on CR41 (Springs Fireplace Road) to Floyd Street then east to Accabonac Road, then northeast to Abraham’s Path, then northwest to CR40 (Three Mile Harbor-Hog Creek Road), and then south on CR40 to the intersection with CR41 on North Main Street. (See attached.)

Dodson & Flinker, the landscape architecture and planning firm that conducted the five Hamlet Plans for East Hampton Town, together with Fine Arts & Sciences and LK McLean Associate,s have been retained by the town to conduct the Springs Fireplace Road Corridor Study.

LK McLean Associates has worked as a transportation engineer for East Hampton Town for over 35 years and Lisa Liquori, Fine Arts & Sciences principal, was formerly the East Hampton Planning Director. The team will be assisted by the Town Planning Department, the Town Office of Information Technology and other town officials.

 Comments can be sent to: SFPCorridor@gmail.com. More information on the study can be found on the town’s website.

Beth Young

Beth Young has been covering the East End since the 1990s. In her spare time, she runs around the block, tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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