Town says Gunite plant can stay

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A Gunite plant on Snake Hollow Road in Bridgehampton that had been the subject of litigation will be able to continue to operate, after the Southampton Town Zoning Board approved the operation in a decision on December 4.

The plant, which is on a 5-acre property that includes the Country Gardens garden center, is operated by David Schiavoni, though a company called RKB Realty owns the site.

Mr. Schiavoni had long maintained that his use of the property to mix concrete, cement and other elements of Gunite in a portable batching plant is a legal change of use from the chemical fertilizer manufacturer that had previously used the property.

The Zoning Board concurred, though it did ask Mr. Schiavoni to seek a side yard setback variance, since his operation is closer to the south property line than the 150 feet required by law.

Mr. Schiavoni will need to receive that variance before he can go to the Southampton Town Planning Board for site plan approval.

Eleven neighbors of the property filed a lawsuit against Mr. Schiavoni this spring, citing noise issues and the fact that he did not have permission to operate the batching plant. Mr. Schiavoni had since submitted evidence that the plant does not make as much noise as the neighbors claimed, which was accepted by the court.

Also on December 4, the Zoning Board denied developer Paul Delzatto’s application for variances for a large house that he built without a permit at 204 Roses Grover Road in North Sea.

The Zoning Board ordered that Mr. Delzatto “remove the offending portions of the structure,” which violated several setback requirements. The board also stated that the house violates height restrictions by 2.9 feet.

BETH YOUNG

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