The Southampton Town Planning Board in April approved the site plan for a proposed 11,000-square-foot East End Hospice inpatient facility at the corner of Hampton Street and Meeting House Road in Quiogue—one of the last approvals needed before construction can begin.
The property, which totals about 5 acres, was willed to the organization by Elmo Monfrede upon his death. About half the land will be subdivided and preserved in a conservation easement meant to protect the neighboring wetlands and Aspatuck Creek, though the organization is still waiting for Planning Department approval on that aspect of the plan.
Town officials said the organization still requires Suffolk County Health Department approval, as well as a building permit.
East End Hospice provides home health care for the terminally ill. The proposed inpatient facility would be the only one of its kind on the South Fork and would allow those nearing the end of their lives to receive care around the clock. The plans include eight patient rooms, a cafeteria, bathrooms and an office, as well as 15 parking spaces.
Priscilla Ruffin, president and CEO of East End Hospice, said the organization has raised more than $5.4 million toward its goal of $8 million as part of its “Building the Dream Campaign 2013.”
“It can’t be soon enough,” Ms. Ruffin said when asked when the organization hopes to break ground at the site. “I have to tell you that the community has been incredible. The outpouring of support has just been overwhelming.”
The proposed facility has drawn criticism from some residents who live near the property, who said they feared that it would disturb the quiet neighborhood and sensitive wetlands. Kevin McAllister, president of the Peconic Baykeeper, criticized the organization for not including a “state-of-the-art” wastewater treatment system in its plans for the new site. “They never even explored it, and that’s the disappointing part,” he said.