More McMansions to Replace Grave Sites?

This is an example of houses built by Romaz Properties on in Dix Hills and Yaphank. Houses of about 4000 square feet sold for close to 1 million and up. Now Romaz is proposing to build 11 to 12 million dollar houses of comparable size on a hillside property along Montauk Highway, west of Shinnecock in Southampton Town.

This is the view from Montauk Highway of the property after trees were cut this spring. The property is a a high point along Shinnecock Bay.

How would it be possible to build on this hillside with a 30 degree or more slope? Would the hill side be leveled?

Based on oral history, the Shinnecock people consider this land to be an ancient burial site. Indigenous gravesites were typically located on high ground. This property is adjacent to land recognized as an important burial site.

The Long Island Native Gravesite Protection Task Force has been negotiating with Mr. Robert Romeo of Romaz Properties and the Southampton Town Community Preservation Fund in an attempt to prevent the destruction of this land.

Suffolk Legislator, Jay Schneiderman who represents the South Fork has introduced a resolution in the Legislature which would facilitate the County joining in this project. However, recently members of the legislature defeated a plan to preserve additional farm land in Riverhead and the North Fork. Western Suffolk Legislator Jon Cooper said that the east end has more than its share of land preservation funding.

You may write in support of preservation of this land to:

Ms. Mary Wilson, Director of the Southampton Community Preservation Fund and members of the Town Board at Southampton Town Hall, Hampton Road, Southampton, NY 11968.

Alternately you may address the Town Officials at their web site: