The potential rezoning of a long-blighted and abandoned former oyster factory on Shipyard Lane in East Marion is expected to be the subject of much public debate this month as Southold Town holds a June 7 public hearing on changing the zoning of the 18-acre property from a Marine II zoning district, which allows a wide array of marine uses, to a split zoning allowing two less-intensive uses, including around a half dozen building lots rezoned to two-acre residential zoning. About seven acres of the property would be rezoned Resort Residential.
Under the current Marine II zoning district, large marinas, boat storage buildings and a restaurant that is open to the public could be built on the site.
Under the newly proposed zoning, a 29-44 unit resort hotel could be built on the resort/residential area, surrounded by the single family house lots. The resort/residential zoning district does allow a restaurant, marina and conference facilities that are open to occupants of the hotel. The hearing will be held at the town board’s 7 p.m. meeting on June 7.