Matt Lauer Horse Farm That Irks Hamptons Neighbors Is Reined In

Image: Matt Lauer Horse Farm That Irks Hamptons Neighbors Is Reined In 2011 photo of Matt Lauer and his wife Annette attending Grand Prix Sunday at the Hampton Classic Horse Show held in Bridgehampton, New York.

Thursday, 04 Apr 2013 10:38 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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The town of Southampton, N.Y., has quashed "Today" show host Matt Lauer's renovations on his 40-acre Hamptons property that he's turning into a horse farm.

Lauer and his wife Annette reportedly bought the $3.5 million property — which is just down the road from their $15 million Hamptons home — in early 2012 with the intention of turning it into a swanky horse farm, complete with an indoor arena, paddocks, and a 36-stall barn.

But many residents in the area have opposed the project since its start and have reportedly been trying to block construction. Now, it seems they've succeeded: A stop-work order was posted last month on the site, according to the New York Post.

Neighbors worried about the size and scope of the potential horse farm and called the project "too ambitious" at a planning board meeting last year.

A Lauer source, however, told the New York Post that the project has just been temporarily postponed.

"When tearing down the old office they found rot. We need to fix the roof before work can begin again," the source told the Post. "We are not at odds with the town."

Lauer has had his share of trouble recently. His public image has taken a beating since last year when his co-host Ann Curry was unceremoniously dumped for Savannah Guthrie. Loyal viewers blamed Lauer for Curry's virtual demise.

To add to the reputational damage, a former "Today" show intern spoke out on Twitter last week and said Lauer was "not nice" to him when he was working there.

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