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Revised Tuckahoe Shopping Center Plan Presented to Town Board

Southampton Town Board has first official look at 'Tuckahoe Center' plan and the public is invited to speak.

The Southampton Town Board met Friday with representatives of developer Robert Morrow during a work session on his , a proposed shopping center on County Road 39 that has but found support among some speakers at the meeting.

Before Morrow and his LLC, Southampton Venture, can apply to the Planning Board for approval of a site plan, the Town Board must first decide on whether to grant a change of zone to Shopping Center Business.

Attorney John Wager and landscape architect Tim Rumpf explained Morrow's ambitions for the site, which have been curtailed since the Town Board , Tuckahoe Main Street, a planned development district that would have been on a larger parcel and included bigger buildings and both commercial and residential uses. The new plan is on 7.26 acres, which are predominantly in the Highway Business zone but a 50-foot wide swath is in a residential R-20 district.

A 40,000-square-foot King Kullen supermarket would anchor Tuckahoe Center, which would also include a 15,000-square-foot building with multiple storefronts for uses such as retail, a nail salon, coffee shop or card store, and a 3,500-square-foot bank with a drive-thru. A 100-foot buffer along County Road 39 would be landscaped.

Wagner, of Hauppauge law firm Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, called the planned King Kullen “a truly modern and state of the art supermarket,” which will be about equidistant between King Kullens in Hampton Bays and .

Wagner said the new supermarket would eliminate 700,000 vehicle miles per year by reducing the distance many residents drive to grocery shop.

He projected the shopping center would result in 300 temporary construction jobs, 125 permanent jobs at the supermarket and 75 permanent jobs between the retail building and bank. “This is a substantial boost in jobs for the area,” he said.

As for tax revenues, Wagner said the land currently contributes $39,245 annually in property taxes. He estimated that, after redevelopment, it would amount to $170,712. If a change of zone were not granted, and the land was developed under the existing Highway Business zoning rules, the new annual taxes would be nearly $100,000 less, he said.

Rumpf, of , explained that the design of the landscape, parking lot and buildings includes swales for stormwater runoff, permeable pavers and native vegetation. Solar panels and a green roof are also being considered.

Councilwoman Bridget Fleming the said the shopping center would be “truly enviro-sustainable” and act as a model for future development.

Other benefits extolled were fewer curb cuts on County Road 39 than Highway Business development would include. The project would include two curb cuts on County Road 39 and a Magee Street entrance.

Though there is no provision in the law for a public comment time during a work session on a proposed change of use, Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst said the Town Board and Mr. Morrow agreed to take comments, though they would not be included with the record of the application.

Attorney John Bennett, of law firm Bennett and Read, said, “It sure as hell will be a ‘model.’ It will be a model for more people to ask for a zone change to Shopping Center Business.” He refused to tell the Town Board whom he was representing.

Brian Tymann, who has an office on County Road 39, spoke in support of the proposed shopping center. He said it will bring economic, environmental and aesthetic improvements to the area. Others with businesses on 39, and a couple residents of the area, also spoke in favor.

Tony Pepitone, a King Kullen employee, said Southampton needs the jobs the supermarket would provide.

Business owner Glenn Olsen said he is glad someone is willing to take an eyesore and redevelop it into something advantageous to the community.

David D'Agostino, of Tuckahoe, said he is concerned about the traffic a shopping center would create on Magee Street, where the is.

Bonnie Goebert, the chair of the Southampton-Tuckahoe-Shinnecock Hills Citizens Advisory Committee, took issue with the market analysis Southampton Venture put forward, saying the population of North Sea, Shinnecock Hills and Tuckahoe is closer to 8,000 than 48,000.

“The board is moving along as if this was a given. This is not a given for many people,” committee member Frances Genovese said. “One man’s view, which is profit motivated, is not the community view.”

Valerie Hart, a Southampton Village resident, was concerned about what it would mean for the village’s future. “This project is practically on the line of the village,” she said. “It’s going to affect the village, and it’s going to effect the people who drive on County Road 39.”

Water Mill Citizens Advisory Committee Chair Rachel Vern, said the CAC is formally opposed to the change of zone. She added that she is a member of the town’s County Road 39 visioning committee, and “This application for zone change goes against everything we’re trying to do.”

David D'Agostino March 21, 2012 at 01:31 PM
I am not "concerned" about traffic , I am appalled that the board would even consider granting this change of zoning on one of Long Islands deadliest roadways right across from a school To miss Fleming, if you are as concerned as you say you are with green issues and sustainability, then your choice is clear: deny the application for this monstrosity
LVdW March 21, 2012 at 04:21 PM
The Tuckahoe School District is woefully overtaxing its homeowners to cover pensions (much higher than the Village). Let's get some businesses in the district to carry some of the burden. A+ for the sustainable/green plan.
David D'Agostino March 21, 2012 at 05:00 PM
What type of development cannot be rationalized by tax dollars? Again, the money this mega-mall would bring is insignificant to the shortfalls that would result from dramatically lowered property values.
Faustina March 21, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Doesn't it send up a flag to anyone that Bridget Fleming who is supposed to be objectively "considering" Morrow's application; to be "analyzing" his claims and his worthless Marketing Report and to consider before endorsing it is in effect supporting it? Green roofs and solar panels? Will this mean no 24/7 air conditioning will operate along with heat in the store? Will a green roof suck up the exhaust from the 3,000 cars per hour? The women on the Town Board has set back the course of "feminism" about 200 years. They are flaky and superficial.
Abraham Lincoln March 21, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Isn't D'Agastinos a very expensive market in New York City? Aha! Let's get a D'Agastinos out here!
David D'Agostino March 21, 2012 at 08:33 PM
To wannabe emancipator, there is no relation. By the way it is spelled D'Agostino and the market is with a possessive "S" as in "D'Agostino's Market" There is a similarity between the proposed King Kullen and a Manhattan D'Agostino's - they are both over-priced.
Brendan J. O'Reilly (Editor) March 21, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Sorry about that, David. I corrected the spelling of your name in the story.
Faustina March 22, 2012 at 09:28 PM
King Kullen is one of the most expensive supermarkets around.
Brendan J. O'Reilly (Editor) March 23, 2012 at 03:19 PM
David D'Agostino has written a blog post about the Tuckahoe Center presentation. Check it out here: http://southampton.patch.com/blog_posts/blog-the-negative-impact-of-tuckahoe-center
Abraham Lincoln Washing George March 28, 2012 at 10:59 AM
Quck question about the site plan. Will the in/out doors be close to each other because at Stop and Shop, if I park near the IN door its easy to get IN, but when I walk out of Stop and Shop I have to go all the way to the other side of the parking lot near where I parked closer to the IN door than the OUT door. Its hard to park in the middle because those spaces go first. We are really looking forward to the new store but if the IN and OUT doors can be somewhat closer together than at the HB Stop n Shop, it would save me waddling around the parking lot. Also, if the dumpsters where the bloody chicken parts and used grease are tossed could be located on the south side, I don't want to smell that in July when I'm looking at new flatscreens in pc richard.

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