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Disputed Southampton Day Laborer Park May Become A Farm

Going back to 2007, Aldrich Lane Park, which sits just outside Southampton Village on—you guessed it!—Aldrich lane, was pretty infamous. Why's that? Because the village allowed its $1.6 million purchase "to be used as a hiring site for day laborers," which ultimately left neighbors and the town so angry that they filed a lawsuit. Well now what should the village do with the six-acre swath of land? How about farm it! The Southampton Press reports that a farmer, who just lost his land in Bridgehampton, already offered the village $870 per year to get some crops growing. The parkland apparently has "the best soil for farming," so other proposed uses, like a dog park or basketball courts, seem unwarranted.
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