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Town Preserves Northwest Kennels Property for $875,500

East Hampton buys parcel on Northwest Creek and will offer kayakers and hikers more access to the already 800 acres of preserved land.

The property that houses Northwest Kennels will be preserved and eventually opened to the public for access to Northwest Creek.

On Thursday night, the East Hampton Town Board approved the use of the Community Preservation Fund to acquire the 4.1 acres of land located on the corner of Red Spring Path and Swamp Road for $875,500 from Charles Wade & Cynthia Loewen.

Councilwoman Theresa Quigley recused herself from the vote, as she lives next door.

"For those who haven't had the pleasure of witnessing the view from the headwaters at Northwest out to Northwest Harbor, you're missing one of East Hampton's hidden treasures and we'd like to expand that view," said Scott Wilson, who heads up the town's land acquisition department.

He said his department has been exploring buying this property since early 2006, but with the sale of the Curtis property next door, they have taken a closer look on how the Northwest Kennels property "would fit into the mosaic of the 800 plus preserved acres" in the area. Three sides of the property are bordered by preserves.

There are several buildings on the property at 3 Red Spring Path, including a house, detached garage and dog kennel. Wilson said that the plan is to demolish the house and the kernel.

The detached garage, however, may be left for possible future uses of an interpretive center, storage for kayak's or canoes and kiosk for trail maps.

A parking area is planned for the ease of accessing existing trails and small vessel launch, Wilson said.

He also noted that the purchase would eliminate animal waste from that property washing into the creek.

A public hearing held earlier on Thursday night yielded no opposition for the proposal.

Chris Haak, who lives on Northwest Landing Road, appeared on behalf of Jim Matthews and the Northwest Alliance to support the proposal. "The creek is one of the nicest spots in the town, I think, and its preservation is critical."

Patricia Hope, who also lives in Northwest, said she supported the acquisition for the good of the shellfish beds. "As science teacher of many years and a dedicated environmentalist, I believe it will help to scrub those shellfish beds and give them back to the people."

East Hampton Town Trustee Bill Mott, who is also running for a seat on the town board in the 2011 election, agreed it is important to look for ways to open the harbor up again to shellfishing.

The proposed purchase price was $887,500. The town will also have to pas survey, title, prorated tax, and recording charges.

todd September 16, 2011 at 09:24 PM
bummer. now where do I board my dog. owners are great people.
MARTIN DREW September 17, 2011 at 03:20 AM
Who will manage this insider deal ; East Hamptin Trails Preservation Society ? A councilwoman lives next door ; a former councilwoman family owns property ; Buy a kennel to tear it down because of fecal contamination? Tear down the structure .. Hundreds of thousands lost in taxes ... Passed and carried ... LISC wants the trails stewardship and kayak gig .. Who do we consult with ? For the record?
MARTIN DREW September 17, 2011 at 03:26 AM
P.S. Taylor ; I sent a no vote opinion in writing to town board ; hours BEFORE the scheduled hearing . Ill send you the email too for verification . Also when will the town board address getting public agendas out in a timely manner ... It is a hassle trying to get info as public ; day of board meetings. Just saying ..
Sandman September 17, 2011 at 11:59 AM
I wonder if this is really for the public good. Restore shell fish breeding grounds without limiting gas burning recreational boats doesn't sound so safe to me. Besides, aren't there mega houses with pools and septics close to wetlands? They can at least allow us year round tax payers a have a place to leave our kayaks (for a small fee) since CPF is for preservation, educational and PASSIVE (quiet) recreation. I doubt concil woman wants commoners driving in her neighborhood! We'll see.
Haps September 17, 2011 at 01:09 PM
This is nice, at least for local residents and maybe for the health of the creek. What I do not understand is why we have sell Fort Pond House In MTK? The step child Hamlet once again gets the short end. The land FPH is on woud be the only public access spot with beautiful, wooded both shaded and sunny areasto relax and small waterside stone steps to the pond. It has proven valuable for many learning oppurtunities for the children of our community as a nature center and for scouting uses. It is also a well vegetated buffer for the pond. This is as important as the kennel property as we have only a few Fresh water ponds in this Township.
Dana Kalbacher September 17, 2011 at 03:10 PM
Its very nice that the town is preserving another piece of the woods. My neighbors and I have been trying to get the Town Board and CPF's attention for almost 4 years now for a piece of property in our neighborhood. The "Oakview Woods" subdivision, also known as the Webb property is moving through the planning dept with a quickened pace. CPF has not chosen this tiny little patch of woods for purchase. Instead, our neighborhood here between Oakview Hwy and Middle Hwy is about to be even more heavily burdened with 9 more houses feeding onto our heavily trafficked neighborhood roads. We dont' have a waterfront view here in Freetown, but we do have a busy, local,and lovely community here in our woods. We have our share of affordable housing too. A little open space here on the corner of Middle and Oakview would go a very long way.
Nanci e. LaGarenne September 17, 2011 at 04:18 PM
Well said, Dana! I have faith that COF and Tiwn Biard will live up to their good faith promise to preserve that 8.9 acres of woods, Next to the drinking eater wells and on top of the Aquifer. Now that Bud Web convinced the TB to downsize that property, opening the door wide for this nightmare McMansionville on a busy corner in an overly dense neighborhood, the Tiwn Board can now offer him more money and get the land preserved. Enough lollygagging, we want some open space here! Haps I totally agree with you about Montauk, by the way. Historic houses, like Fort Pond And the Hikda Lindley House in Big Reed, should be saved, maintained and utilized by the community. The C in CPF stands for COMMUNITY, not "Cash In!" Let us not turn this Town into an UpIsland building sprawl. Fight. Vote. Live.
Nanci e. LaGarenne September 17, 2011 at 04:21 PM
pardon my misspellings, above. Sends it before I can spellcheck. The nuns would be appalled!
Peconic Sunset September 18, 2011 at 03:05 AM
I hope the site will memorialize Al Staudinger. He loved the Northwest Woods and his kennel.
MARTIN DREW September 18, 2011 at 01:38 PM
CPF DID NOT preserve Barcelona Inn when it was brought to their attention. 4 acres of the site were offered for $500,000.00 to TOEH in Harbor Protection Overlay District ( HPOD) ; when adjoining sites of comparable size and location sold for $900k & $775k respectively. No willingness to protect the harbor in those CPF discussions or create affordable housing . Democrats looked and did nothing . Paid huge sums to political cronies but passed on a viable opportunity to protect and preserve . This corrupt politucal fund (CPF) is a political subcommittee at its worst example of collusion pushes forward in corrupt political footwork. Time for a citizen body of elected status to takeover CPF decisions . This collusionary political fund needs citizen oversight .
todd September 18, 2011 at 10:12 PM
The owners of the kennel assiduously cleaned up after the dogs so I doubt fecal contamination of local waters was an issue. Republicans wouldn't shut up about the Keyes Island purchase. Odd that we haven't heard a peep from them on this transaction that clearly benefits a sitting council member.
Nanci e. LaGarenne September 20, 2011 at 02:50 AM
Exactly, Todd. So what about other important environmentally sensitive areas that should be preserved? They are playing games with Townspeople's lives. "It was in the Comprehensive Plan, that property where kennel is..." I heard said. Well so us the Webb property! So why isn't that parcel being preserved??? Pete? Julia? Anyone??? We are not going away on this. Someone ought to pay attention to the voters!!! Don't piss down our backs and tell us it's raining.

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