After receiving numerous letters and calls from the community, Quogue Mayor Peter Sartorius said Tuesday that the village would consider purchasing the Veterans of Foreign Wars property on Montauk Highway.
An informal meeting to discuss the proposal will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Village Hall on Jessup Avenue, and members of the public are encouraged to attend and offer their ideas and suggestions.
Last month, Quogue VFW Commander Bill Hughes announced that the organization had put the nearly 4.5-acre property on the market for $1.8 million, explaining that they want to relocate to a more centralized location, possibly near Francis S. Gabreski Airport in Westhampton. Southampton Town previously made an offer for the property that was below the asking price and rejected by the VFW.
After learning that the land was on the market, some village residents began to petition the village to buy the property, which could be developed into housing. After giving his annual State of the Village address late last month, Mr. Sartorius found himself defending his decision not to pursue the purchase, stating that the board is uncertain how to utilize the property if it were acquired.
On Sunday, the mayor is encouraging meeting attendees to offer suggestions on how the village could redevelop or utilize the property. In an email sent to about three dozen residents Monday night, Mr. Sartorius outlined some of his objections to several earlier suggestions, such as converting the building into a community center, and installing a pool, playground, tennis courts or a park on the land.
“We are open to it,” he said, regarding the possibility of buying the land.