Southold moves closer to decision on new hotel and restaurant

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The Southold Zoning Board of Appeals moved one step closer to a decision about a new hotel and restaurant in town.

The proposed hotel would be located on Route 25. The developer has submitted plans and is seeking a special exception permit to move ahead with the project.

The project known as 'The Enclaves' calls for a nearly 50,000-square-foot hotel with 44 rooms, a restaurant, 123 parking spaces and an outdoor pool.

Residents are concerned with the size of the project, the impact it will have on the environment as well as traffic and noise.

"I'm very upset about the increase in traffic," says Sharon Nchugh, of Southold. "This area has not figured out its traffic problems yet. Now they'll be adding a whole other can of worms."

Neighbors also say the hotel doesn't fit the area aesthetically. Nancy Butkus, of Southold, says the hotel is more Miami Beach in style and doesn't fit the character of the historic area.

Monday is the final day for residents to make comments on the draft environmental impact statement. The board is still weighing whether or not to grant the special permit to the developer.

Click here for more information on 'The Enclaves.'

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