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It may be time to kick out those freeloading kids out of the garage, East Hampton homeowners 

September 14, 2016 05:28PM

East Hampton

East Hampton

The East Hampton Town Board is considering a change to the construction code that would allow homeowners to build and rent apartments in garages and other accessory structures. The measure would increase the number of affordable units, proponents say. But at a hearing Thursday, attendees questioned whether it would have an impact. Springs resident David Buda said rezoning specifically for affordable housing would make more sense, according to the East Hampton Star, and that allowing apartments in single-family neighborhoods would change their “residential character.” Jim McMillan, a broker with Brown Harris Stevens from Amagansett, questioned how higher density on smaller lots would increase septic flow. The board will be taking public comments until Thursday. [EHS] — Cathaleen Chen