County to preserve 18 acres of Harbes family land in Riverhead

12/03/2010 5:50 PM |

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Suffolk County will announce on Monday plans to purchase 18 acres of "pristine land" in Riverhead for preservation from the Harbes family, according to County Executive Steve Levy. The land, which will be sold for $1.2 million is contiguous with 27 acres along Sound Avenue already purchased by the county.

Suffolk County officials have announced plans to purchase the development rights of 18 acres of “pristine land” in Riverhead from the Harbes family, a $1.2 million move that will ensure the property remains as farmland. The land is adjacent to 27 acres of farmland along Sound Avenue already preserved by the county.

“The purchase of these farmland development rights insures that 45 acres of contiguous farmland will remain protected from development in the Town of Riverhead,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy said in a statement Friday. “Our initiative here today helps to continue the tradition of locally grown produce on Long Island’s East End and will safeguard the Harbes family farm’s sweet corn, pumpkin, vegetables, flowers and, recently, grapes for future generations to enjoy.”

County Legislator Ed Romaine, whose district includes the Harbes family farm, was quoted in the same press release saying, “I am happy to co-sponsor this effort to protect the rural character of Sound Avenue and ensure that farming remains a viable industry in Suffolk County.”

The parcel is located on the north side of Sound Avenue, almost directly north of the intersection of Manor Lane and Sound Avenue. The Harbes family will be fully retaining the 10 acres of woodland to the north and four acres on Sound Avenue, including the farmhouse and several farm-related buildings, officials said. The county, however, will have a 100-foot-wide access point on Sound Avenue on the western boundary of the property facing an apple orchard.

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3 Comment

  • This is a win- win. Let’s hope the Town Board completes acquisition procedures for the North Fork Preserve at its Dec. 7 meeting.

  • Hurrah!!!,..Save as much farmland and wilderness as you can….

  • I have 17 1/2 acres of land that nature is reclaiming in Wading River of which 10 acres was once farmland and the rest was pasture. How can I get the county and town to purchase this land for preservation instead of fending off the anxious develpers who are ready to buy it.