Demanding a Design

Posted on 27 September 2008

For over two years now, the proposed condo project at 1, 3 and 5 Ferry Road has evolved, then regressed, seemingly never finding its footing or a concrete plan to bring to the public.


This haphazard method for presenting what is likely one of the most debated projects to darken the waterfront of Sag Harbor has done not only a disservice to a community trying to digest such a grand proposal, but also to the applicants themselves.

We believe the architecture, size and scale of this proposed development is the cornerstone to its success or failure, and we have yet to see a single design that comes even close to achievement on these fronts. We have heard a new design is waiting in the wings, penned by a new, local architect and we hope the aesthetic offered in this new plan has evolved beyond the pseudo-industrial, institutional-style of the current proposal and also strays from the ski-chalet design of Ferry Road’s sister condo project at West Water Street. 

We would also hope the size and scale of this project have been addressed to more suitably fit into Sag Harbor’s visual landscape than previous attempts. Whether or not they bought this property knowing this parcel’s significance to the surrounding community, we would find it difficult to believe in two years this very fact has not rung loud and clear in the ears of East End Ventures.
This being said, until the public has the opportunity to review these plans we find it difficult to understand how Sag Harbor residents or its planning board can truly identify possible adverse impacts associated with the aesthetics of this proposed building, let alone assess the visual impact the three-story structure will have on our community.
We urge East End Ventures to formally submit any new plans to the planning board immediately so the public may weigh in on these all too important issues before scoping is completed. To do anything less would continue this trend of disservice, to the Sag Harbor community, and to the developer who claims to want to be a part of it.


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