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Parcel of Land in Miller Place Among Water Authority Surplus Holdings

Property on Harrison Avenue is up for sale by the Suffolk County Water Authority.

The Suffolk County Water Authority has identified hundreds of acres of land not needed for future water needs, and a parcel of land on Harrison Avenue in Miller Place is one of six properties now up for sale.

The SCWA recently sold the first property, one-acre residential lot formerly used as an observation well site in Lake Ronkonkoma. The lot sold for $241,000 on March 28.

The land in Miller Place is the smallest of the properties, a .8-acre parcel bordering Harrison, 15th Street and Tyler Avenue. The six properties total approximately 34 acres and are expected to bring in more than $5 million in revenues. Next week, the Authority will put on the market two surplus buildings, one in Great River and another in Southold.

“This has been a long and worthwhile process for the Authority,” said Chief Executive Officer Jeff Szabo. “A full property inventory and analysis had not been previously conducted. We are seeing the first benefits of that review with the sale of the Ronkonkoma parcel.”  

Additional information about the properties for sale can be attained by calling Maria Trupia at 631-563-0270.

Captain Howard Hawrey April 11, 2012 at 10:06 PM
This is known as "the field" in our area. I live near by. Kids over many generations have used this area to learn baseball, have inpromptu come home from college touch football games, and many neighbors walk their dogs here. Does anyone know what would have to be done to have Brookhaven Town buy this land and make it a park? I would hate to see it developed as would many of my neighbors.!
Ariana Pesce April 13, 2012 at 12:32 PM
We need to make this a park.
Ariana Pesce April 13, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Jane Bonner contacted me back this morning- what a nice woman. She actually suggested that we find out how much the land is being sold for. Brookhaven cannot afford to purchase this land as the town is broke and we have a very nice park on Sylvan. Perhaps the neighborhood can get together and purchase the land??? Lets try to see what we can do- call the water authority!
Ariana Pesce April 14, 2012 at 01:28 PM
I will be calling her monday- I am very curious to see if the neighborhood can do something. Thanks for the advice.
Angela McCarthy April 16, 2012 at 05:04 AM
I played in "the field" everyday as a child, with my cousins and our neighborhood friends, and now my children and their friends play there. I would be heartbroken if this were to happen. There has to be something we could do. I have lived here for 45 years, Harrison Avenue just wouldn't be the same. Starting to do my homework on this one!
Ariana Pesce April 20, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Maria is no longer handling these bids for the authority- Joe Vecchio is at 631-563-0334. I emailed him per his request jvecchio@scwa.com per his request since he stated that he also is not the "right" person to speak to. He told me he would pass my email along- I will let you all know what I find. We really need to spread the word to the neighbors about this.
Ariana Pesce April 24, 2012 at 07:53 PM
So here is the response I received. It is a starting point. Response from SCWA Legal is as follows. Asking Price: The minimum bid for the parcel is $153,000. Any entity is invited to submit a bid. Land Use: The SCWA does not have authority over land use. Land use decisions, if applicable, will be made by the Town of Brookhaven.
Ariana Pesce April 25, 2012 at 11:55 PM
Thanks for the advice- information. I received the bid via email. I do not know if it went out to the public yet. It is $1k to place a bid and they are due by May 4th. I emailed asking if they can hold the bid for the property since I do not think the neighborhood would have a shot purchasing otherwise.. but with the deadline so close- I think we might have missed the boat. We can try raising the money and bidding still?
Ariana Pesce April 30, 2012 at 02:16 PM
The water Authority responded and stated that they would not hold the bid- it went public. If the neiborhood bids- I am sure we will lose before we start.

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