The Kropp Boarding House on North Phillips Avenue
The Kropp Boarding House at 41 North Phillips Avenue

Southampton Town is continuing its public meeting road show in the month of October, with a series of town board meetings, work sessions and special meetings at public locations throughout town.

The month’s events kicks off at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6 with a special work session at the Remsenburg-Speonk Elementary School to discuss the controversial proposed workforce housing/retail complex on North Phillips Avenue just south of the Speonk train station.

The developers of the project propose modifying the line between the village business and residential zoning districts on the property, and rezoning the back portion of the property to MF-44, a multi-family housing zoning designation with an overlay zoning that would allow 12 units per acre.

The board plans to hold a regular town board meeting at the Hampton Bays Senior Center on Oct. 25 at 6 p.m.

The board then plans to head to the East Quogue Elementary School on Nov. 7 at 6 p.m for a special meeting to hold a public hearing on the proposed zoning change for the controversial Hills at East Quogue golf course and 118-house luxury subdivision.

The property, on Lewis Road in East Quogue, is not far from the headwaters of Weesuck Creek, which empties into western Shinnecock Bay, one of the most impaired water bodies on the East End.

In order to build the complex, developers are asking Southampton Town to issue them a change of zone from a residential zoning district to a mixed use planned development district.

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she 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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