Amagansett Affordable Housing Coming Soon

Ground breaking is expected to take place in April on this 4.6-acre site in Amagansett. Independent/T. E. McMorrow

The East Hampton Town Planning Board voted unanimously to approve some tweaks to the proposed affordable housing project in Amagansett, pushing that plan one step closer to its ground-breaking ceremony, likely to take place in April, according to the Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc’s office.

The 4.6-acre property is on Montauk Highway, with the Long Island Railroad, along with some open fields, to the north. The project will create 37 units of attached apartments, and an over 1800-square foot common building, with an onsite sewage treatment plant. There will be 74 parking spaces onsite for the tenants and their visitors. The modifications approved by the planning board January 23 were all minor in nature, such as decreasing the footprints of the seven proposed buildings slightly, and converting what were to have been basements to crawl spaces.

The project is led by Catherine Casey of the East Hampton Housing Authority.

The property is bordered on Montauk Highway by a Gulf Gas station to the east, and the Principi property, which has been mired in legal issues, to the west. As of right now, the sole access to the project will be from Montauk Highway. The surveys on file include amenities such as a playground, a bus shelter, and a bicycle rental stand, much like the ones Citi Bike operates in New York City.

Van Scoyoc stressed the need for East Hampton Town to continue to create affordable housing to keep the middle class and workers in the community, and has promised to continue pushing forward on that path.

Separately on the affordable housing front, the town board agreed on January 17 to purchase the Triune Baptist Church property, a four-acre parcel on Route 114 just south of Sag Harbor, as a site to be developed with affordable housing. The town has estimated that the land could be developed with up to 30 affordable units.

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