A revision to Southampton Village zoning law that would allow grocery stores to be built on properties zoned "highway business" will be the subject of a public hearing on Jan. 12 at .
The village board voted unanimously on Tuesday to set the hearing.
Mayor Mark Epley said Wednesday that one reason the legislation arose is that having a new grocery store was the one aspect of the that residents embraced. “The common component everybody seemed to be in agreement with is people want another store; they want another option,” he said. Secondly, the owner of the site of a closed car dealership at the corner of Flying Point Road and Hampton Road has a buyer interested in redeveloping the parcel as a supermarket.
“It's one of the main entrances to the village of Southampton," Epley said of the proposed site. "There’s a need for it; in the village business district there isn’t ample property space for a grocery store.”
Epley said the legislation would affect just nine village parcels, which are zoned "highway business."
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