The Southampton Town Planning Board approved two developments at the intersection of Montauk Highway and Flying Point Road in Water Mill, despite some concern from residents about the impact on traffic at the busy intersection nearby.
The buildings are slated for 2 Montauk Highway and 56 Flying Point Road, adjacent properties that sit on the southeastern corner of the intersection where County Road 39 meets Flying Point Road, and Hampton Road turns into Montauk Highway, just outside the Southampton Village line.
The plan includes two buildings with a combined total of approximately 20,000 square feet, as well as a 100-car parking lot. The developments by Flying Point LLC 1 and Flying Point LLC 2 will include a 4,000-square-foot building at 2 Montauk Highway, and the a 14,999-square-foot building at 56 Flying Point Road. Both properties are zoned for highway business and would potentially be used for office spaces.
The developments were approved with conditions. If the applicants choose to move forward, they must reduce the number of entrances onto Montauk Highway from two to one, create a cross-access between the lots and put in more landscaping.
Water Mill resident Isidore Mayrock, who lives about a quarter mile from where the buildings will stand, said this will not be enough to combat already existing traffic problems. He said he believed residents of Flying Point Road are at risk of seeing a drop in home values, quality of life and safety, as well as worsened traffic.
“This impacts hundreds of residents on Flying Point Road,” he said. “It’s a dangerous road. Now they’re bringing in 100 more cars.”
Southampton Town Planner Claire Vail said both the applicants and the town completed traffic studies, and that recommendations to improve the intersection will be considered.
“This is a very busy intersection, no doubt,” Ms. Vail said. “It was determined that the traffic impact would be mitigated. The road is already failing in some respects—they’re saying this won’t make it worse. No one project can solve all the problems, it has to be more of a regional solution.”
Mr. Mayrock noted that he was unhappy with the town’s lack of transparency with the issue, and that residents’ concerns about traffic have not been properly addressed.
“You can’t get out of Flying Point at times because of the traffic,” he said. “Adding traffic makes no sense. It’s not right, especially in such a critical area.”
Flying Point LLC 1 and Flying Point LLC 2 would need to submit building plans next if they plan to move forward with the project.
That particular corner has been the target of many failed development proposals over the years, including a mixed-use planned development district, or PDD, a special zoning designation that would require Town Board approval. The PDD called for the construction of five retail stores and 38 second-floor apartments, totaling 80,000 square feet, on three parcels, including the two taken by the Flying Point LLCs. It never came before the Town Board for a vote.