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PRESS RELEASE Sept. 21, 2016 Contact: Supervisor’s office (631) 283-6055 Connie Conway
SOUTHAMPTON TOWN CPF PURCHASES DEVELOPMENT RIGHTS FROM LARGE EAST QUOGUE FARM
The Town of Southampton has purchased the development rights off of 86 acres of the Densieski Farm in East Quogue through the Community Development Fund. Supervisor Jay Schneiderman and the Town Board held a News Conference on Wednesday Sept. 21, 2016 at 2pm to announce the transfer. The 86 acres is split by Lewis Road and CR 104. The Town purchased the development rights for $5.4 million.
The Densieski family retains the development rights for six acres of the property. The Family has been farming the land for 90 years. The current owner also farms the adjacent 150 plus acres of protected farmland. That helps complete the largest block of protected farmland west of the canal.
“By protecting this beautiful farm, we make sure farming remains an important part of our community for this and for future generations,” said Supervisor Jay Schneiderman. “It’s what the Community Preservation Fund was created to do.”
“This purchase helps support locally produced foods, which could reduce the trucking costs, that reduce carbon emissions, that in turn helps our environment,” said Councilwoman Julie Lofstad.
The Community Preservation Fund was established in 1999 and comes from the 2 percent real estate transfer tax. To date the Town of Southampton has spent over $565-million in land preservation.