The developer of a proposed senior community in Amagansett has scaled back a preliminary site plan after an airing before the East Hampton Town Planning Board in May.
According to Britton Bistrian, a land use consultant working with developer Putnam Bridge, the new plan reduces the number of units on the property and opens up space for more scenic views.
Putnam Bridge took several points away from the May meeting. In order to create a more comprehensive community for seniors, it would have to reduce the overall number of the housing units, protect and open up scenic views, and make it more affordable and community-oriented.
The community, known as 555, now calls for 44 apartments and 35 cottages, ranging from 692 to 1,977 square feet, a third of what the developer had been proposing before, according to Ms. Bistrian. Twenty-eight cottages were removed and some of the apartments were reduced in size from the original plan.
Additionally, the reduction of units along Montauk Highway and the redesign of the layout would open up the vista to create more public space—one of Putnam Bridge’s goals, Ms. Bistrian said.
“It will be an extension of the walking village of Amagansett—it’s not gated,” she said, adding that Putnam Bridge envisions community events taking place within the planned field house and outside in the public garden space.
Ms. Bistrian said she feels positive that the site plan will gain support from the Planning Board and the community.
“We’ve made the process an open one and we’re taking feedback,” she said. “We want to be building something that the community recognizes as a need and something that they want.”
Located on 23.5 acres north of Montauk Highway, between Bunker Hill Road and a former restaurant next to the Amagansett IGA, 555 would provide housing for not only seniors, but some units for those with low incomes. The Long Island Workforce Housing act requires that 10 percent of a development’s units be affordable or that a fee is provided in lieu of providing the housing. The developer plans to offer an additional 10 percent in affordable housing, based on Amagansett market rate standards.
According to Ms. Bistrian, 555 would also be environmentally friendly with net-zero wastewater and net-zero energy consumption that would “put Amagansett on the map,” she said.
Through a membrane bioreactor treatment system, “black water,” or wastewater, would be processed and treated, and would be used to water heavy landscaping on the property. Additionally, the complex would use geothermal energy and solar power to light, heat and cool its units.
“For me to be working on a project like this, I have to believe in what I’m doing is for the greater good, and I really do,” she said. “Once people key in on these facts, they will think, ‘Wow, they’re not going to be putting anything into the ground, they’re not using any energy and they’re keeping people in the community? Why not?’”
While there is no set date for the Planning Board to review the plans, Ms. Bistrian said Putnam Bridge hopes the board will do so next month.