A proposal to demolish a house in Orient’s historic district drew more than a dozen residents to a Southold Historic Preservation Commission meeting on a rainy Tuesday afternoon. Residents filled up the Southold Town Hall annex meeting room, even though the work session and pre-submission hearing were not open to public comment. READ
The setting sun sent an orange glow through the old home’s white-trimmed windows as siblings Jamie and Melissa Davis cleaned and sorted through family heirlooms last week at their mother’s Southold home, which was built in 1674. READ
As Southold Town uses its Community Preservation Fund to buy land and development rights for open space, some people are asking why that money can’t also be spent on a $1,000 annual bonus for those who own historic houses.
A six-mile stretch of Main Road could be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The corridor includes Aquebogue’s Old Steeple Church, built in 1862 and designed by a farmer with no architectural experience, as well as Aquebogue Cemetery, which dates back to 1755 and contains the graves of numerous Revolutionary War soldiers. (Credit: Andrew Lepre)
Four of the five Riverhead Town Board members have signed a letter asking the town’s Landmarks Preservation Commission and the state Office of Parks and Recreation to withdraw the town’s application for a proposed National Register Historic District along Main Road in Aquebogue, Jamesport and Laurel, according to Councilman George Gabrielsen. (more…)
TIM KELLY FILE PHOTO | Cutchogue’s Sacred Heart Parish Church, which originally served the local Irish community, held its last Mass in January 2013.
This month marks one year since the Diocese of Rockville Centre ordered Sacred Heart Parish Church in Cutchogue to close its doors. But the dilapidated historic structure is far from forgotten by some local residents. (more…)
CYNDI MURRAY FILE PHOTO | Southold Town is looking to amend its wireless facilities code to permit cell towers on historic sites, such as the parcel behind Town Hall.
Southold Town’s Historic Preservation Commission is expected to discuss a code amendment proposal with the town board on Tuesday that would permit cell towers on historic sites.
A plan to install a cellphone tower behind Southold Town Hall — and amend the town code to permit that — has drawn heat from residents who fear more towers would threaten the area’s small-town charm and present potential health risks.
The issue has also caused tension between the Town Board and members of the Historic Preservation Commission, who’ve said they weren’t properly informed about the proposed code change.
Supervisor Scott Russell said he believes the commission failed to come to a consensus and work with the Town Board before voicing their concerns at the first public hearing on Jan. 14.
“Suggestions that the [Historic Preservation Commission] has been excluded from the process are factually incorrect,” Mr. Russell said in an interview last week. “This is a public process. That is especially true for all committees and commissions within our town government. We expect you to be at the table [on Tuesday.]”
Tuesday’s work session is scheduled for 9 a.m. at the Town Hall meeting room.