Parking concerns over Mattituck commercial developments

Southold Town Planning Board members at Monday night's meeting. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)
The Southold Town Planning Board will review parking concerns for two commercial developments. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

Two separate commercial developments slated for Mattituck have one concern in common: parking.

The Southold Town Planning Board held public hearings Monday night to discuss plans for Olde Colonial Place and Eastern Front Microbrewery. 

Residents who live near the proposed Olde Colonial Place on Pike Street — which would include five retail units — said they believe there already isn’t enough parking and that the project will negatively impact their quality of life.

Olde Colonial developer Ed Broidy also addressed the Planning Board, saying he believes any parking issues could be mitigated if the town simply posted signs directing drivers to additional parking areas.

“It’s stores just like Love Lane,” Mr. Broidy said of his project. “Once the trees are planted and they grow and bloom within five years, they’ll say ‘Mr. Broidy was right. It’s beautiful.’ ”

The proposed development is slated for a half-acre property next to Mr. Broidy’s other commercial project, located across the street from the Mattituck Park District parking lot.

As for the microbrewery proposal, company owner Douglas Pearsall has said he plans to convert an existing storage building on Westphalia Road into a brewery that includes a retail area.

Neighbor Fred Bouffard said that while he doesn’t oppose the business, he fears the area’s lack of parking will result in people parking on his property.

Both hearings were closed Monday night and the Planning Board is expected to review the comments made at the meeting prior to any votes.

“Parking is a major, major concern in both projects,” Planning Board vice chairman James Rich said after the meeting. “Everybody’s comments will be considered.”

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