Developer Behind Speonk Subdivision Hopes To Break Ground In Spring

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The developer behind a third residential development—this time a subdivision—proposed for the west side of North Phillips Avenue in Speonk is close to securing final approval from Southampton Town.

Unlike two other similar projects proposed in the same corridor—a pair of apartment complexes that would require zoning changes—the 13-lot Serenity Estates subdivision is being developed as of right at 95 North Phillips Avenue, according to town records.

Plans, which have been in the works for years, call for the building of 13 luxury six-bedroom homes on 16 acres that will also feature swimming pools and tennis courts, according to Manhattan developer Barry Bernstein. The units are expected to sell for between $1.5 million and $2 million, he added.

Mr. Bernstein said this week that he received approval to move forward with the project last summer, though Southampton Town Planning and Development Administrator Kyle Collins stated that additional conditions first need to be met before the developer can break ground on the new subdivision. Those conditions, according to Mr. Collins, include fairly routine requirements, such as easement approval, a review by the town attorney’s office, and the securing of a bond for a new road.

Once Mr. Bernstein meets those conditions, the town will finalize the site plan maps, and he can proceed with securing final approval from Suffolk County, Mr. Collins added.

Mr. Bernstein, who originally wanted to build 60 condominiums on the property, said he intends to begin construction on the subdivision by this spring. Prior to settling on the homes, which, like the proposed apartments, will also be built above an estimated two-mile-long solvent plume, Mr. Bernstein had pitched another development, this time seeking to build 36 condominiums on the land.

That project, which was rejected by the Town Board due to its density, would have required special zoning called a planned development district. One of the two apartment complexes currently being proposed, with the support of the Southampton Town Housing Authority, would require the same zoning change.

In response to concerns about the plume, Mr. Bernstein said the houses will feature vapor barriers that will prevent volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, from potentially entering the structures. The homes will also be connected to public water, he added.

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