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Separate subdivisions proposed on Asharoken's Duck Island

Asharoken's Duck Island.

Asharoken's Duck Island. Credit: Handout

Representatives of two camps have met with Asharoken planning officials to discuss separate proposals to subdivide properties on Duck Island.

No formal applications have been filed with the village, but the Planning Board met with the groups on June 23 to discuss their ideas.

The Duck Island Corp., which represents the community's eight property owners, is looking to create a lot to sell out of communal property, according to Huntington attorney John Breslin, who represents John Rittenhouse, one of the homeowners and proponent of a separate subdivision plan.

Breslin said Rittenhouse wants to subdivide a large lot on Duck Island, the second-largest piece of property in the village, which he purchased this year.

The property has two lots, and village officials were shown a map of the six or seven lots he could legally subdivide there now, Breslin said.

Rittenhouse is looking to have four lots and "really has no intention of selling or building on them," he said.

He said that his client wants them potentially for his family in the future. Rittenhouse grew up in Asharoken and lives primarily in London. He is chief executive of EDF Trading, which is in the international wholesale energy market.

The Duck Island Corp. would use the money from the sale of its proposed subdivision to help defray the cost of fixing the crumbling public road into the area -- Duck Island Lane -- and install public water, Breslin said. The proposed lot would be near the entrance to Duck Island, near Asharoken Avenue. He said the lot would be 1.5 to 2 acres, but that has not been finalized.

The separate groups are creating maps and gathering other information requested by the village and will likely submit separate applications, Breslin said.

The next Planning Board meeting is July 12, 9:30 a.m., at the entrance to Duck Island.

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