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Land to be preserved, parking rules tightened

Lisa Ott (left), president of the North Shore

Lisa Ott (left), president of the North Shore Land Alliance for Preservation, and stewardship director Jane Jackson (right), explore the DeForest Williams property in Cold Spring Harbor. (Jan. 4, 2013) Credit: Steve Pfost

Land to be purchased for preservation
Officials from the public-private partnership working to preserve 28 acres in Cold Spring Harbor are expected to announce today that the contract to buy the land has been finalized.

The Town of Huntington, Suffolk County and the Old Westbury-based North Shore Land Alliance want to buy 28 acres of the DeForest Williams estate for about $6 million. Under the current plan, the alliance and town would each pay 25 percent of the property's purchase price and Suffolk would pay the rest.

The announcement will take place at the end of Spring Hill Road in Cold Spring Harbor at 12:15 p.m., according to Legis. William Spencer’s office.

“This environmentally sensitive property has been under the threat of development for many years and the partnership to preserve it as open space/passive parkland pulled together many civic groups, environmental leaders and municipalities,” according to a statement from Spencer’s office.

In June, Huntington officials authorized spending up to $1.5 million for its share of the bill. The alliance bought a $625,000, one-year option for the land last year, fearing development, after the town approved a 15-lot subdivision on the property that spring.

The alliance has said development could cause increased nitrogen in the local waters, erosion and hardening of the natural shoreline — the building of bulkheads, jetties and the like.

Parking rules near school tightened in Springs

After getting complaints from the Springs school board that parking on local streets near the school during school hours was creating a dangerous situation for the children who walk to school, the East Hampton Town Board has adopted several parking and traffic restrictions for streets near the school.

The changes were discussed at a lengthy town board public hearing this month, and the changes were discussed with the school board, local residents, the Springs Citizens Advisory Committee and town police and engineers.

The board voted 5-0 on Thursday night to extend the current no-parking restrictions on School Street from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday, and to prohibit westbound left turns on Ed Hults Lane from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and 3 to 3:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Parking would also be banned on other parts of school street, from Springs-Fireplace Road to locations defined only by tax map and LIPA pole numbers.

All changes will be clearly marked by street signs, officials said.


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