Southampton residents claim affordable housing plan will ruin community's vibe

A group of Southampton residents say a planned affordable housing complex would be uncharacteristic of their community. The proposal calls for 34 one-bedroom and studio

The plan calls for 34 one-bedroom and studio rental apartments.

The plan calls for 34 one-bedroom and studio rental apartments. (8/13/13)

TUCKAHOE - A group of Southampton residents say a planned affordable housing complex would be uncharacteristic of their community.

The proposal calls for 34 one-bedroom and studio rental apartments to be built at the intersection of North Sea and Sandy Hollow roads. Opponents say they're not against affordable housing, they just don't think the proposed location is the best fit.

"The main thing is the overall feeling," says longtime resident Tim Corwin. "Southampton is a resort area. It's a low-density area. It always has been."

The town's housing authority chief says a previously approved measure called for 32 condominiums to be built, but it fell through. He says there are now thousands of locals looking for a place to live.

The town board held its first public hearing on the issue earlier today. If the plan is approved, the housing authority will require approval from the planning and architectural review boards.
 

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