Village Green & Walking Village

Resolution:  Make the Last Green Corner in Mattituck a Park

 

“The Community is committed to preserving for public use and enjoyment 1.8 wooded acres at the intersection of Main Road and New Suffolk Avenue.”


We’ve been discussing this draft Resolution at MLCA meetings this August. The consensus: Membership Support. After two open-to-the-public meetings, the vote count is unofficially 60 for, none against. Members can vote electronically through the weekend.

If you’re not a member, tell us how you feel, anyway. We’ve shared this draft Resolution broadly and in support of the Town’s draft Comprehensive Plan. Your input is welcome, too.

Open the attached pdf Draft MLCA Last Green Corner Resolution by clicking the green boldfaced link below. Consider what MLCA members and your friends and neighbors have discussed and supported. This is an important Resolution for Mattituck and Laurel, and New Suffolk, Cutchogue, and beyond. (See the 2005-2019 timeline for a quick history.)

Also, MLCA encourages participation in the Town’s last public information session for its draft Comprehensive Plan: Orient/Poquatuck 9 a.m. Sat. Aug. 31. A final vote on the Plan is up to the Town Board.

And when the member vote on the Resolution is done and tallied, we’ll share the results.

Click here to open or download: Draft MLCA Last Green Corner Resolution in PDF format.

 

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Mattituck needs a park or "village green" where the community can gather to relax, socialize and play. Parks and greens in Cutchogue, Southold, Greenport and Orient are magnets for their communities and support a higher quality of life. Parks and greens make these communities more economically competitive, create business opportunities, and strengthen the local tax base.

Having vibrant places to live, work, and play means enhancing existing neighborhoods and managing the development of new ones. Essential ingredients include homes near shops, offices, schools, houses of worship, and other amenities, including parks. Community residents and visitors want the option of walking, bicycling, taking public transportation, or driving as they go about their business or visit. A walking village provides that while conserving resources by reinvesting in existing infrastructure and rehabilitating historic buildings.

Results of survey responders:

86% want the shopping areas and the Love Lane area to be more pedestrian and biker friendly.

75.6% think a Village Green should be built in an area near Love Lane.  There are discussions taking place to see if the existing American Legion property at the corner of Pike and Wickham would be a viable location.

The Hamlet Stakeholders Study, The Mattituck Corridor Study, and the Southold Town Comprehensive Plan each note that our gateway to Southold lacks a key ingredient that would benefit the hamlet and the town – a village green.  It should be in proximity to Love Lane and joined to it by substantial sidewalks.  A village green would be a foundation for a walking-friendly community.  It is also a gathering place, an emotional center, and a “heart” for the community.  It’s a place where people, trees and gardens supplant bustle, buildings, asphalt and traffic.  A village green is a place for people.

The Mattituck Business Corridor Study states that five foot sidewalks could create a pedestrian network that would stretch from Factory Ave. to Love Lane.  Crosswalks, enhanced by signage and lighting, are also needed across the Main Road and Route 48 at multiple locations.  

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Previous UPDATEs:2019 Last Green Corner Resolution

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Resolution Last Green Corner Aug 2019 final
 

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Last Green Corner Resolution, Background