Mayor Still Hopes To See Powell Land Preserved Despite Rejection Of Offer

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A view of the Lovelady Powell property on Sunset Beach Road in North Haven. Peter Boody photo

North Haven Mayor Jeff Sander has sent an email blast twice in the past week or so to North Haven residents in which he is seeking pledges to help up the ante on Southampton Town’s offer to preserve the Lovelady Powell property on Sunset Beach Road in North Haven

Those wishing to make pledges should call him at (917) 576-7101 or email him at mayor@northhavenvillage.org.

The mayor first disclosed what he called “breaking news” at the Village Board’s Zoom session on Tuesday evening, April 20, reporting that Southampton Town had made an offer during the previous 24 hours through its Community Preservation Fund (CPF) to buy the 4-acre parcel at 19 Sunset Beach Road for preservation, but it was “not accepted.” He did not disclose the price offered, but the property has been listed for $3,250,000.

Another party has made a higher offer, he reported, and “the CPF is considering increasing its offer,” Mr. Sander said. “It’s possible, if we could raise private money, we could exceed” the higher bid. He added that he was reaching out to John v.H. Halsey of the Peconic Land Trust to see if that organization might help bolster the town’s offer.

The acquisition would complement about 30 acres of adjacent open space and woodland that has already been preserved. Since Ms. Powell, a former actress, model, and proprietor of Glad Hand Antiques, died at age 89 on February 2, 2020, the mayor and others have been lobbying the town’s CPF to preserve the tract.

With the CPF reluctant to acquire property containing structures, the mayor has promised that the village would raise the funds privately to remove the structures on the property, including a 19th century farmhouse where the band The Lovin’ Spoonful and other performers practiced in 1969. Plans for its future use and location have not been decided.

“I think it’s possible to close it,” the mayor said of the acquisition. “We’ll see what happens.”

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