Community Benefits and Economic Impact
Tuckahoe Center is consistent with the Town of Southampton's Comprehensive Plan. When completed, it would result in numerous and substantial community benefits to the Hamlet of Tuckahoe and the Town of Southampton by providing:
- The Tuckahoe, Southampton and North Sea communities with a modern,
state-of-the-art supermarket that will offer a wide range of goods to residents who might otherwise have to travel considerable distances to comparable stores in Bridgehampton and Hampton Bays. Two independent traffic studies indicate that the conveniently located supermarket would reduce vehicle miles traveled by approximately 700,000 miles per year - saving fuel, reducing greenhouse gases and cleaning our air.
- Temporary construction and permanent retail and office jobs for local community members.
- Projected tax revenues of $170,712, which is approximately 4.5 times the current tax revenues from the properties proposed for rezoning and nearly $100,000 more than the $76,517 in revenues projected from the full build-out of the properties under the current HB zoning.
- A 100-foot front yard setback from County Road 39, which is twice the setback required by the current HB zoning.
- 52,500 square feet of total building area that is entirely consistent with the 60,000 square feet or greater that would be permitted if the Tuckahoe Center were fully redeveloped under the existing HB zoning.
- Reduced maximum lot coverage on the Tuckahoe Center site - 20 percent as compared to 30 percent allowable under the existing HB zoning.
- Rehabilitation of neglected and unsightly properties along County Road 39, the Town's primary east-west artery.
- Elimination of an existing non-conforming 11-room motel and residence.
- Reduction in the number of curb cuts - from four currently to two proposed - along County Road 39.
- Convenient access to eastbound County Road 39 through Tuckahoe Center for vehicles traveling northbound on Magee Street.
- A contribution by Southampton Venture, LLC toward a future purchase of open space or other public benefits in areas as deemed appropriate by the Town of Southampton.
- A new benchmark for attractive and sustainable development in the County Road 39 corridor through the use of enhanced setbacks and landscaped buffers; innovative landscape design, including native species and bioretention swales for stormwater management; energy-efficient building design and construction, including green roof technology on a portion of the retail buildings, permeable pavement, solar panels on roofs, possible solar lighting in parking areas; and other key sustainability features.
- Building design continuity with the architectural integrity and character of the Town of Southampton.