Doubts linger over planned 9/11 park on Sound Avenue

09/01/2012 10:00 AM |

NEWS-REVIEW FILE PHOTO | Park Road/Thomas Kelly Drive and Sound Avenue in Baiting Hollow, at the foot of the Reeves Park neighborhood.

Suffolk County’s proposed acquisition of developer Kenn Barra’s four-acre site at the northeast corner of Park Road and Sound Avenue may not be dead, as Mr. Barra had suggested at a recent Town Board meeting.

But an attorney for the developer says he has “serious doubts” the deal will even happen.

Mr. Barra had proposed a shopping center for the property but faced stiff opposition from Reeves Park residents and others concerned with ruining the historic nature of the Sound Avenue/Route 48 rural corridor.

To much local fanfare, he ultimately agreed last year to sell to the county for use as memorial park.

County parks trustees are expected to discuss the site plan proposal to build a park on that land at their September meeting.