Defining The Issues At Ferry Road

Posted on 09 October 2008

The clock is ticking for the Sag Harbor Planning Board as they attempt to craft a list of potential impacts that need to be hashed out as a proposed condominium project at 1, 3 and 5 Ferry Road begins what is likely to be a lengthy environmental review.

On Thursday, October 16 at 6:30 p.m. the planning board will meet in a work session to hammer out a final list of issues they would like to see explored in the review of the proposed 18-unit condo project, which also is designed to include 18-accessory boat slips on one of the last vacant parcels of Sag Harbor’s waterfront.

On Tuesday, September 23, throngs of Sag Harbor residents, as well as residents from surrounding neighborhoods packed the Municipal Building to discuss potential impacts they see with the planned 43,040 square foot luxury development. The scale of the project and its impact on waterfront vistas, insuring public access to adjacent waterfront and protection of natural resources are among the issues already raised. Village environmental planning consultant Richard Warren had also provided the board with a laundry list of concerns he felt should be explored. The planning board’s task will now be to meld Warren’s suggestions, along with resident concerns, into an inventory of issues the applicant, East End Ventures, must publicly vet.

The Ferry Road project, as it has come to be known, has been in the pipeline for two years now, in several incarnations. Public opposition to the development emerged last year, as a discussion about important waterfront vistas and public access to the waterfront emerged as a central theme in the Ferry Road debate.

Architecturally, several plans have been developed for the project by at least three groups of designers; although according to project manager Mark D’Andrea a Sag Harbor architect has been hired by the firm to redesign the building again. Plans, however, have yet to be submitted to the board.

Regardless, the board is on a strict deadline for the submission of its list of issues to the applicant. The board must have a formal submission made by November 4 and will take next Thursday’s meeting to hash out what they think prior to adopting the catalog of concerns at its regular meeting on Tuesday, October 28. 

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