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Park for end of the Greenway?

Bicyclists go for a ride on the Greenway Trail, above. Below, a ‘for sale’ sign on the Detmer Farm property. Legislator Kara Hahn is hoping the Detmer Farm property can be turned into a park at the west end entrance of the trail. Above file photo; below photo by Erika Karp

November 14, 2012 | 04:47 PM
With Detmer Farms hoping to sell its land across the street from a farm stand on Route 25A, Suffolk County Legislator Kara Hahn is hoping the buyer will make it a community asset.

Hahn has proposed the county buy the land west of the Setauket Post Office and make it a park for the west end entrance of the Setauket Greenway Trail that is being expanded to Port Jefferson Station.

At the Oct. 9 Suffolk County Legislature meeting, legislators unanimously passed legislation that authorized preliminary planning steps be taken for the acquisition of the lot of land owned by Detmer Farms.

"It allows our division of real estate in the planning department to secure appraisals to see if there's interest with the owners," Hahn (D-Setauket) said.

While the trail will be extended on the east end to Port Jefferson Station, it will also be extended on the west end, landing walkers, bikers and joggers behind the Setauket Post Office. Construction on the first portion of the trail began in 2007 and the extension should be completed in 2013.

Hahn said the 3.3-acre lot could be developed to create "an evergreen kind of thing" and would be a nice ending point for the Greenway Trail once the trail's expansion is completed.

"We were thinking maybe picnic tables, bike racks, some extra parking and a gazebo," she said.

Before the county moves forward, the land must be appraised and an environmental review needs to be completed, in addition to other steps.

The lot was once used as a parking lot, but in June, Juan Pantaleon, the owner of the farm stand across the street from the lot, began to prepare the land for planting. Pantaleon leases the property from owners Irene Detmer and Alice Halliday. Detmer and Halliday did not return calls for comment.

Hahn said she has met with Detmer and Halliday and the women expressed an interest in selling the land.

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