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Aug 13, 2019 12:08 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

North Sea Property Owner Seeks To Construct 120-Unit Condominium Development At Old Town Dump Site

The Southampton Town Zoning Board Appeals will start the review process on Thursday for an application for a 120-unit condo development at the site of the town’s former dump in North Sea.
Aug 14, 2019 10:16 AM

The Southampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals will begin to review an application this week that could pave the way for the owner of a North Sea property to build a 120-unit condominium development at the site of the town’s former dump.

The property, located at 1205 Majors Path Road, to the northeast of where the road intersects Straight Path, is 20.18 acres and is zoned R-60, or 1.5-acre residential zoning. Under R-60 zoning, the property owner could construct up to 13 single-family homes according to existing zoning.

Plans filed with the town show a 22-building subdivision, a two-story clubhouse, tennis and pickleball courts, and a swimming pool. They also show that all 120 units would have two bedrooms.

In order to move forward with the project, the owner, listed as the Thomas R. Stachecki Living Trust, is applying for relief that will allow a change from one pre-existing, nonconforming use to another. The current nonconforming use that has been allowed on the property is the dumping of natural organic wastes — things like trees, brush, stumps and leaves.

What’s not permitted under the property’s current zoning is multifamily use, which the applicant is seeking.

The applicant claims the development will be beneficial to the community.

“The site has a history of complaints from neighboring property owners referring to the noxious use of the property as a dump,” the application reads. “The change represents a clear benefit to the general neighborhood, ensuring a residential use in the residential zoning district.”

The Town of Southampton used the property as a municipal dump until around 1963, when the waste facility was moved across the street. After it was relocated, the former dump continued to be used as a dumping ground for natural waste.

To this day, the northeast corner of the property is still used by landscapers to dump yard clippings and brush.

Charlie Corwith, who lives across the street from the property, claims a mulching facility is operating on the property, without a permit from the State Department of Environmental Conservation.

The DEC confirmed on Tuesday that the property owner does not have a permit to conduct mulching or solid waste activities, and that they are investigating the matter.

The ZBA will take up the application on Thursday, August 15. If it eventually approves the application, the property owner would be required to remediate the land to remove any harmful substances from the soil.

The applicant’s attorney, David Gilmartin, confirmed that remediation would be completed, and he is working with the DEC to figure out what needs to be done.

“This Thursday, with the zoning board, is the beginning of the process,” Mr. Gilmartin said on Monday. “It’s basically the application we have to make to begin the [State Environmental Quality Review Act] process. My experience is that the Planning Board will ultimately take lead agency, and then we’ll work through all those issues through that process.”

Although the units would not be specifically built for affordable housing, Mr. Gilmartin said the developer would have to satisfy the Long Island Workforce Housing Act, which requires new multifamily developments to designate 10 percent of the units as affordable housing.

“You can do that in three different ways,” he said. “You can provide it on site, you can pay into a fund, or provide it off site.” He added that there is a decent chance that the units would be provided within the development.

Mr. Corwith said he plans to attend the public hearings on the application to voice his frustrations and opposition to the project.

“He’s got 20 acres of R-60 zoning,” he said. “He could put a dozen houses there, but he’s not satisfied with that. I’d rather see the R-60 zoning enforced on it. That’s a dozen houses — that’s livable,” he added.

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I miss the woods, trails and dirt bike track that was in this area and also what is currently Spinaker Way -- back when North Sea wasn't filled with douchey second homes but instead with fishermen and many people had project cars on cinder blocks in their driveway. Reminiscing...!!
By Aeshtron (431), Southampton on Aug 13, 19 3:37 PM
i too miss when property owners didn't care who or what happened on their large plots of land...
By adlkjd923ilifmac.aladfksdurwp (747), southampton on Aug 13, 19 4:19 PM
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By Hamptonsway (107), Southampton on Aug 13, 19 7:24 PM
The property owner has not been a good neighbor, defying request to cease operations. So why should the town be nice and accommodating to him? 120 units on the old dump still utilized as a yard waste dump is not just overly dense but overly insane. This is far from a community benefit. A community benefit would be to clean it up and build half of whats allowed and make a public park out of the rest..... 13 Unit subdivision after the yard has been excavated down 8-10 feet to rid whats possibly buried ...more
By North Sea Citizen (568), North Sea on Aug 13, 19 3:55 PM
I would go one step further.

There are NO pre-existing rights to dumps and/or composting facilities!
They were ordered shut down decades ago by the DEC.
This landowner follows the familiar pattern—violate the law, then offer
to discontinue the violation if the Town agrees to some outrageous proposal.

In 1992 North Sea residents successfully blocked the regional waste facility planned for what is now the SYS property. They can block this too—but it involves ...more
By aging hipster (201), Southampton on Aug 13, 19 4:23 PM
We're eft.
Aug 13, 19 4:55 PM appended by themarlinspike
A great time for a local to sell before the place bottoms out beyond return.
By themarlinspike (542), Northern Hemisphere on Aug 13, 19 4:55 PM
I remember you showing me the survey of that property, maybe 12 years ago. I hope it goes your way, Mr. Stachecki

By Lets go mets (377), Southampton on Aug 13, 19 10:56 PM
Well, the pool is a step up...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Aug 14, 19 1:29 AM
Why do zoning laws exist at all? If there is a single reason such a proposal should be seriously considered it has not been demonstrated in the article.

Just say no.
By VOS (1241), WHB on Aug 14, 19 3:13 AM
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Who's your customer? I certainly wouldn't want to be living on top of an old dump.
By SHResident (59), Southampton on Aug 14, 19 5:32 AM
We need affordable housing for the LOCAL people !! For the Volunteer EMTS and Firefighters. 10percent is a joke and a slap in the face.
By toes in the water (884), southampton on Aug 14, 19 6:34 AM
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Build as of right or not at all!
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Aug 14, 19 6:58 AM
“Affordable Housing” does not exist in the Hamptons. Stop with the silliness.
By even flow (1023), East Hampton on Aug 14, 19 7:11 AM
Just look at what the ZBA did with the old SH tennis club just down the road on Majors Path, turning it into a day camp a few months ago. They changed one non conforming use use to another non conforming use, to allow busing in 900 day campers. Now that really benefits the area residents. I can see this development benefiting the neighborhood too. NOT
By forget me not (2), southampton on Aug 14, 19 7:31 AM
Except the Tennis Club was a legitimate non-conforming use, with a valid c/o.

This property has no non-conforming use. No c/o for a dump or compost operation. Just a property owner violating the law.

THAT'S the difference...
By aging hipster (201), Southampton on Aug 14, 19 8:03 AM
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900 campers? Where did you get that number?
By SusieD (115), Southampton on Aug 23, 19 9:52 AM
Imagine the lack of character one would have to have to live on top of an old dump.
By themarlinspike (542), Northern Hemisphere on Aug 14, 19 8:12 AM
Not being able to afford a better place equals a lack of character?
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (8265), HAMPTON BAYS on Aug 14, 19 12:08 PM
Sign, luxury condos with a view of the dump, built on top of a old dump, welcome to the hamptons.
Use the existing zoning laws, that is why they are there. Why does everyone need a change of zoning, a variance??? You bought the land for what it was zoned. You are a businessman, why should you come into someones neighborhood and change the character and then move on?
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Aug 14, 19 10:36 AM
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The density and scale of this project is outrageous and disruptive to the character of the community. Remember that there is already a condominium project that was built less than a half-mile away. Allowing another condominium project so close to that one is a dangerous precedent to the area. If this goes through than whats to stop the next property owner down the road to build their own massive condominium project? Is Major's Path going to become condominium alley?

What kind of housing ...more
By V.Tomanoku (790), southampton on Aug 14, 19 12:03 PM
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Why doesn't the land trust purchase this property? there is no good access to the property and is one of the few remaining havens for wildlife
By lo-cal (78), southampton on Aug 15, 19 11:11 AM
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