From the LI Press:
The Suffolk County Legislature will vote next week to spend nearly $15 million to buy and preserve up to 164 acres of the 568-acre Overton Preserve, a triangular-shaped area bordered by Route 112, Granny Road and Mill Road in Coram.
“There is very little of this kind of land left on the Island,” said Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy of the property, which is also designated as part of the Central Suffolk Special Groundwater Protection Area. “Once it’s gone, it’s gone forever.”
And the land almost was gone forever. Several plans for development, now defunct, were underway for the Overton preserve, including the building of 144 homes spanning 160 acres by one of the property owners, Jerry Spiegel.
In addition to the Overton Preserve purchase, the Suffolk County Legislature will also vote next week to buy farmland development rights for dozens of acres in the Town of Riverhead.
Compare this to the Bloombergian philosophy of developing the open space of housing projects.