A public hearing on a proposed new name for Main Street in the rural Northwest Woods area of East Hampton Town is expected to be held next month.
Woodlot Lane was selected from a list of names and presented Tuesday to the town board during its work session held at the Montauk firehouse.
Residents of Main Street in Northwest Woods had expressed concerns that their street was being confused with the commercial Main Street in East Hampton Village and causing mix-ups for emergency and post office personnel and visitors to the neighborhood.
Town historian Averill Geus came up with the new name, saying it seemed most appropriate for Northwest Woods to reflect its story. There are about a dozen homes on Main Street in the community.
“I recommended that because I just thought it had historical value,” Geus said in an interview last week. “Northwest Woods used to be all wooded lots.”
Alex Walter, executive assistant to Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell, headed the name change project, taking suggestions from Geus and Hugh King, the town crier.
In an interview after Tuesday’s work session, where all of the board members indicated support for the Woodlot Lane moniker, Walter said he felt it was the “perfect” name. It was the only name suggested by Geus. The other options were the ideas of King and included Cart Path, Cartway, Princess Pine, Wood Bog and Pennypacker.
“The public will be invited to have any comments,” Walter said. “If there is no opposition then they’ll [the board members] pass the legislation and get the name changed.”
No date has been set for the public hearing, but Walter said he expected it to happen next month and for the new name to be in place by the end of the year.