Neighbors Give Southampton Village Proposal Their Approval

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A group of neighbors have come together in support of an application allowing a 5,726-square-foot, single-family home to be built on a flag lot in the Southampton Village historic district.

At the recommendation of the village’s Board of Historic Preservation and Architectural Review, the neighbors began talks with the owner of the property, Farrell Building Company, to discuss concessions to make both the neighbors and the property owner happy. One of those neighbors, Robert Pressman, says he is impressed with how much the firm has worked with the residents.

In early January, Mr. Pressman and several of his neighbors submitted a letter to the board in support of the proposed project, and he said he hopes construction can get under way.

“If you look at the historic district, you realize that these houses are from 3,000 to 20,000 square feet,” he said. “There are a lot of different types of houses. The house itself is going to sit about 500 feet into Hill Street. Because of the topography and the landscaping, you probably won’t even be able to see the house from Hill Street.”

The property in question, 438 Hill Street, is a vacant, 1.2-acre flag lot. Some neighbors have complained about the proposed size of the house, but the proposal will not require variances from the Zoning Board of Appeals.

The proposal is on the ARB agenda for February 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Village Hall.

“In the end there are five homes that have a common boundary with what is being built, and of the people who are, four of the five have consented and cleared the proposal in writing,” Mr. Pressman said. “They have gone through great lengths to get our approval for the aesthetics,” he said of the builders.

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