The Town of Southampton closed July 2 on a $1.2 million deal to purchase roughly 16 acres of wooded land on North Phillips Avenue in Speonk which were once slated for the Serenity Estates subdivision.
The property, which is located on the west side of North Phillips Avenue just over the Long Island Rail Road tracks, across from Windmere Court, has been preserved for open space purposes using money from the town’s Community Preservation Fund, according to Community Preservation Manager Mary Wilson. Serenity LLC of Manhattanoriginally received town approval to build a 12-luxury home subdivision, she said.
“Now, there will be 12 less houses in the town,” added Wilson.
The subdivision was to originally include homes between 2000-and 2500-square-feet in size with four bedrooms and bathrooms, with each structure situated on an acre of land, according to Serenity LLC’s website.
The town could have closed sooner on the property but the purchase was delayed because there were some “issues with debris and equipment over the boundary line” that belonged on an adjacent property, Wilson said. Town Attorney James Burke said that Wilson wanted the issues cleared up prior to the closing and the town was able to work with the adjacent property owner, North Phillips LLC, to achieve that end.