At a hearing on Tuesday, the developers suggested building a housing development and private marina at the site of an abandoned oyster farm in East Marion.
Edward Bat, architect representing real estate owner FTKS Holdings LLC, has asked Townboard for an opportunity to present a development plan that is “meaningful to all parties, including the town of Sausold” in future work sessions. rice field.
The group is “in the process of analyzing the proposed zoning,” stressing that “we are trying to create communication between ourselves and some community committees, especially the East Marion Neighborhood Association.” did.
“It’s our wish not to come in and pretend to be steaming around this, or pretending to be trying to create something other than what was previously proposed,” he said. rice field. “In fact, we’re trying to develop a home here. There’s a private marina, at least some of the beaches, or at least some of the beaches that have other potential public access to the shipyard lane site.”
Mr. Bat suggested that there may be boat taxis available to residents to ease road traffic. “We are looking at different ways to reduce traffic to keep the area private and quiet, which I think will benefit the community,” he said.
According to real estate records, FTKS Holdings LLC purchased the property for $ 6 million in mid-October. Attorneys representing the group pitched 80 condominiums with affordable housing to the city council during a November work session.
At that time, the town had already begun discussions on split zoning of properties. The 18-3 acre section of the shipyard lane is currently zoned to Marine-II, which has the potential to enable “a wide range of water-dependent applications” such as commercial marina, boatyard, restaurant, hotel and ferry. there is.
Town Supervisor Scott Russell previously stated that zoning could enable “more than 120 rooms, restaurants, amphitheaters and marina across properties.”
The hearing on Tuesday was to rezone the property as a combination of RR (resort housing) and R-80 (two-acre zoning of homes that prioritize single-family homes). RR still enables some commercial development, including small hotels, but the development potential is far less focused than MII.
The town has reviewed reports and recommendations on potential changes, including SEQRA and local waterfront activation program recommendations from the City Planning Department and the Suffolk County Planning Commission.
At the start of the hearing, there was a letter of support from the County Planning Commission and at least one resident, which was held for another two weeks for written comments.
Howard Weissler, President of the Cleeve’s Point Condominium Community, thanked Townboard and the Planning Department for their “continuous efforts” to tackle the controversial real estate zoning. Cleeve’s Point is a residential condominium in East Marion, opposite Okido.
Weissler said the community supports split zoning even if RR is not the “first choice for the property.” However, he outlined some demands on the future of real estate — including significant buffers around parcels on all sides except the South. Admission from both Shipyard Lane and Gillette Drive. Minimized strength.
The community does not oppose “non-profit recreational boat docking facilities available to homeowners and hotel guests,” but affordable housing, wind turbines, wineries, independent restaurants, conference facilities, etc. Tourist camp on the site.
“The city council asks you to ensure that current real estate owners maintain and secure real estate quickly, as it has been devastated and … annoying over the years,” he said.
Ellen Zimmerman, president of the East Marion Community Association, also thanked Townboard for efforts to reduce the potential strength of the land and said the group is supporting the rezoning of the plot. rice field.
“This is a necessary step to ensure that the character of the neighborhood surrounding the property and East Marion in general is maintained,” she said. “A misunderstood proposal to build a magnificent spa on this site, including a 114-room transit motel, a 72-seat restaurant, a 99-seat cafeteria, and a 10-seat bar, was organized by the East Marion Community Association in 2007. We will continue to preserve the true character and agricultural heritage of East Marion and improve the community life of our village. “
However, residents living within walking distance of the parcel said they were concerned about the ambiguous code language of RR zoning.
“When I read what RR actually says, it’s very amorphous and this really worries me,” she said. “It seems that only two are really banned. It’s loud music that can be heard across winery or site boundaries.”
Russell replied that RR is “quite restrictive” and operates on a bulk schedule.
“If sewers and public water aren’t available, you’ll need 4,000 square feet of land for each room you need, and 6,000 square feet of land for each room you need,” he points out. did. Zoned RR lands cannot be built. “Under the proposed zoning, based on the lot yield or constructable part of the plot … In our calculations, if there is public sewerage and public water, up to 44 rooms, or without public sewerage and public. 29 rooms can be built with water.
Jennifer Hartnagel, who represents the East End group, also thanked the zone change and concerns about RR. The current MII district can lead to “disastrous development applications”, but the environmental group is “enough to mitigate or deny any reductions you are taking from behind that can occur in the previous part. I’m afraid it won’t be. “
“The hotel there can have up to 40 units,” she said. “It could be a mini-enclave in the east, which is likely to happen. The site is very limited, surrounded by residential use, a narrow street and leads to National Highway 25A. This is serious. It’s a traffic issue. So, unfortunately, looking at the uses allowed by RR Zoning and MII, some of the more intensive uses like that hotel are still there. “
In addition, she said that RR does not permit the use of some of the waterfronts at sea during work. “I know it’s a give and take here, but are you really getting something with RR zoning?”
Russell said the idea that a hotel like Enclave could be built there is a “horrible tactic”, and potential hotels there need access to public sewers to maximize development. Said.
“That’s a big deal. Find it and do your best,” he said. “Second, when maximizing at 44, I gave up all other uses because I consumed all the bulk schedule … far from what is allowed in Enclave. Zoning to accommodate these uses. I just don’t have it. “
“I’m not saying that RR is worse than MII, but that RR may not be the best I can create for this site,” Hartnagel replied. “That’s my point. Please note that this can be a problem. That’s our point.”
At least two residents have asked the town to consider the value of maintaining a waterfront on the premises.
Those who described themselves as marine contractors argued that “the entire town of Sausold has very little land that can promote and develop a practical waterfront.”
“The clamming and oyster business has been kicked out. Look at the Green Port,” he said. “I can say I’m running a waterfront business and I’m being chased … and I’m not the only marine contractor. There are a few. I think these are the people who are part of the Sausoldtown Constitution. . “
“We need to maintain and maintain the recreational and commercial marine industry. The characteristics of our waterfront are as important as our aquaculture, farms and open spaces,” Greenport said. Patrick Brennan, a resident of the city, added.