- In a push to create more affordable workforce housing within the town of Southampton, the town board is looking to re-zone a parcel of land on Sandy Hollow Road in Tuckahoe to allow for the construction of 16 units, all at a price tag of less than $250,000 each.
"There is a need for workforce housing that corresponds with the goals of the master plan," asserted Jon Sirkin, of Vesta Development Group, which will be responsible for the development of the housing project known as Sandy Hollow Cove.
Southampton attorney David Gilmartin told the town board
Friday that Vesta's affordable housing plan has the support of
both the North Sea and Tuckahoe CAC's.
At a town board meeting Friday, Dec. 19, Southampton attorney David Gilmartin presented the plans for the workforce housing project on behalf of Vesta. According to Gilmartin, the development, which will be fully backed with private funding, will be consistent with the town's master plan, sporting the architectural look and elements of the surrounding area.
The 16 units are planned to be constructed in four buildings on roughly 2.61 acres located on 161 Sandy Hollow Road. Each unit will be 1,150 square feet in size with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Although not decided upon just yet, the units will either be offered as condominiums or cooperative-type ownership, Gilmartin said. He added that the plan has the approval of both the North Sea and Tuckahoe Citizen Advisory Committees.
But it wasn't all good news as Southampton Town Planning and Development Administrator Jefferson Muphree told members of the town board that a report from the planning board showed some reservations with the project.
Although the planning board was pleased with the intent of the project, Murphree recounted that the members noted that the construction would make for a "tight project," putting a chunk of development on a small amount of land.
In the plans, all parking is oriented toward the front of the units, and according to Murphree, the planning board was concerned about headlights shinning into the units' windows. The board raised questions over the designed entrance signs, asked for more access to public transportation, and suggested the installation of a playground for children living in the development. Gilmartin did not say that any of these issues would pose a problem.
The property on Sandy Hollow Road, currently zoned R-80 for residential use, would be rezoned as a Residential Planned Development District specifically for this project.
According to the developers, ownership of each unit will be decided through a lottery system. Each prospective buyer will have to present a pre-commitment letter from a reputable bank to assure that they will be able to buy the unit if chosen. In partnership with the Community Development Corporation of Long Island, Sirkin estimated that eight units will be offered at $160,000, four will be offered at $210,000 and another four will be at $240,000. The units will be green compliant, and some will be set aside for area first-responders.
The Southampton Town Board scheduled a continuation hearing to continue review of the project for Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 1 p.m
The 16 units are planned to be constructed in four buildings on roughly 2.61 acres located on 161 Sandy Hollow Road. Each unit will be 1,150 square feet in size with two bedrooms and two bathrooms.