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Hearing Set on Law to Allow New Grocery Store

Southampton Village Board will take public comment on Jan. 12.

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."

Learn more about the proposal at 27east.

David D'Agostino November 23, 2011 at 05:15 PM
Mayor Epley,unfortunately paving the way for a high-priced, specialty grocery store will not appease those seeking a mega-store. In the end, we may very well end up with this AND the Tuckahoe debacle.
Jaguar-Guy November 24, 2011 at 11:12 AM
No large Market will fit in that small space, whose size will be further limited by building codes and parking space (which all other businesses will object to losing their own customer spaces - and whom were in business and established there first). You also must take into account that location close to Agwan Park, and the potential environmental impact statements that will be generated. It will probably be a Whole Foods, Trader Joe's or some such store. If folks haven't noticed already, prices in the markets on everything have been steadily increasing over the past year or so. Mark Epley has his hands full, and does a fine job. I remember when that space was virtually empty, and at least he's managed to breathe some life into that place, and it is no longer a desolate wasteland like it was. More business and more competition cannot hurt. That is the nature of a "free market".
Roger Blaugh November 28, 2011 at 01:02 PM
This is just what our village needs; a nearby alternative to Waldbaum's without a bunch of little stores that take away from the business on Main Street. Mayor Epley has worked hard on this project and deserves credit for giving the people of Southampton Village what they've asked for since IGA sold out to CVS. Well done, Mark.
David D'Agostino November 28, 2011 at 04:49 PM
a "free market" should not be confused with a "free-for-all". We cannot simply build to suit a whim or a want.
josh April 09, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Roger, glad to see that you are in the Mayor's pocket. Iassume you live close to the ocean in a big mansion cause the prices at the market are going to be high.

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