Barn on Amagansett farm bought by preservation fund to be torn down

November 28, 2017 03:06PM

Using the Community Preservation Fund, East Hampton Town in 2014 bought 19 acres of farmland for $10.1 million to block a 79-unit luxury housing development. The town intended to lease the land at 551 Montauk Highway to a farmer, but now it is seeking bids to demolish the barn on the property and use the land for “passive recreation” like hiking trails, the East Hampton Star reported. The barn “was not a well-built building,” according to Council member Peter Van Scoyoc. While East Hampton Town had six agricultural-based proposals to use the property in 2014, the Town Board reversed course after members of the public called for the land to be left as an open vista. [27East]