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Sports East

A newly formed company has taken the first steps toward gaining approvals from Southold Town to construct a private membership sports club complete with an indoor pool and multi-sport synthetic turf field at a much talked about property in Mattituck.

Sports East LLC partners Paul Pawlowski, Steve Marsh and Joe Slovak propose to build the indoor/outdoor facility on the same Main Road property where Mr. Pawlowski had previously proposed a mixed-use development and, before that, an affordable rental complex.

This time around, however, Mr. Pawlowski believes he will not need to seek a change of zone from Southold Town, because the property’s existing residential zoning permits annual membership clubs with a special exception from the Zoning Board of Appeals.

Sports East filed its initial paperwork with the building department last Thursday and the partners intend to apply for the special exception permit this week, Mr. Pawlowski said.

“This type of indoor athletic facility is something that’s extremely lacking here,” the Mattituck resident said, adding that memberships would be “affordable” for all North Fork residents. “Come winter there’s really no place to play sports.”

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