To the editor:
Even though I’m sure the article about the new Sports East project was meant to excite parents, you should also alert them to how the indoor sports facilities now springing up across America may be exacerbating a growing epidemic among young athletes. READ
Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell said Wednesday that the town is in a contract to acquire a possible property for Sports East, an indoor-outdoor athletic facility that was first proposed more than two years ago. READ
For over two years, local developer Paul Pawlowski and partners Joe Slovak of Laurel and part-time New Suffolk resident Steve Marsh pursued a project: Sports East. READ
The Sports East property on Main Road in Mattituck where an indoor-outdoor athletic facility was first proposed nearly two years ago is up for sale.
Scott Russell did something unusual this week when he called reporters to Town Hall to say publicly that he supports the Sports East project for Mattituck. READ
The Southold Zoning Board of Appeals on Thursday upheld a notice of disapproval issued last December that the Sports East facility proposed for Mattituck did not meet the definition of a membership club.
The use for such a facility is not permitted in the proposed site’s zoning, the board upheld.
Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell said he supported Paul Pawlowski’s proposal for Sports East and if the ZBA does not allow it to be built at the proposed Mattituck location, he would consider a land swap or help the developer find a new space for it.
The Southold Town Zoning Board of Appeals has decided to keep the public hearing for Sports East open for two more weeks.
Local developer Paul Pawlowski confirmed that a Capital One Bank branch will occupy property he owns on Main Road in Mattituck.
Construction on the building is currently taking place. The building was originally going to be a Hudson City Savings Bank and was partially completed in 2009, but never opened.
Almost exactly one year ago, when three local businessmen first proposed building Sports East in Mattituck, they felt confident they could do so without applying for a change of zone on the Main Road property. After all, the property’s zoning allows “annual membership clubs” by special-use exception permit from the Southold Town Zoning Board of Appeals.