Stanhope Stables Property Use to Have Hearings

Both Suffolk County and the Town of Huntington are looking at the possible future use of the Stanhope Stables property on West Hills Road.

Community groups rose in opposition when developer B2K requested a zone change for the 15-acre property to build 59 units of housing. Some objected to losing yet another horse farm; others opposed the idea of more housing along the winding road near a school and church properties. That proposal was withdrawn in August.

Newsday reported that the town is considering a historical designation for the Solomon Oakley House and Barn on the property.

On Thursday, the Suffolk County Legislature’s Farmland Committee will consider a proposal to appraise the property to purchase its land development rights. That action would allow the county to restrict the property to agricultural use while allowing owner Nancy Henderson to continue to own it.

The county meeting will be Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at 423 Griffing Ave., Riverhead.

The town will have a hearing on the matter Dec. 12 at 2 p.m. at Town Hall.

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