Town purchases 20 acres in Riverside for preservation

Southampton Town has acquired a nearly 20-acre parcel in Riverside for $175,000, it was announced Thursday.

Town officials are calling it one of the largest land preservation purchases in the hamlet in recent years.

The property at 60 Whitebrook Drive, a 19.7 acre parcel  near County Road 105, is within the Peconic River Target Acquisition Area, and includes a stretch of riverfront wetlands designated a priority for open space preservation efforts. The land also joins the Black Creek pond system along Flanders Road and County Road 105.

The surrounding area is part of the town’s Community Preservation Project Plan, which “identifies target areas and properties for acquisition for park, recreation, open space and conservation purposes.”

The Town Board authorized the $175,000 to be appropriated from the Community Preservation Fund for the purchase.

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