By Annette Hinkle
The historic 1840 home at 133 Main Street in Sag Harbor (affectionately known as “The Gingerbread House”) has long been an icon in the village.
And soon, it will be transformed from a private home to a retail space with an accessory apartment.
On Tuesday, the Sag Harbor Village Planning Board granted owner Lynn Park Charveriat (through her attorney Dennis Downes), a change of use for The Gingerbread House, which is located within the Village Business District.
With approval complete, the home will now be converted from a two-family dwelling to a building containing a retail use on the first floor and an accessory apartment on the second. The 1,117 square-foot footprint of the existing building will remain the same and Charveriat and her husband, Christopher plan to operate their antique store La Maisonette (previously located on Bay Street) from the first floor commercial space .
There are no changes proposed for the exterior of the building, with the exception of the addition of a handicapped ramp, which will lead from the south side of the building to a parking area at the rear of the property, where the applicant has agreed to provide six parking space (one of which will be handicapped parking).