Green Light for Fire Truck Museum

Posted on 04 June 2014

By Stephen J. Kotz

The Sag Harbor Planning Board on May 27 approved the site-plan application of Sag Harbor Antique Fire Trucks Inc. to build a museum, garage and storage facility on property it owns on the west side of the Bridgehampton Turnpike near Hildreth Street, straddling the border between the village and Southampton Town.

The corporation, a nonprofit that was spun off from the Sag Harbor Fire Department, wants to build a two-story nearly 4,000-square-foot building on the more than 2.5-acre parcel it owns.

The project received a wetland setback variance from the village Zoning Board of Appeals in 2012 and now only needs the approval of the village Board of Historic Preservation and Architectural Review.

According to Village Trustee Ed Deyermond, who is the vice president of the committee behind the project, the museum will give the group a place to work on and restore antique trucks owned by the department.

Sag Harbor currently has four antique trucks, two of which are restored and in storage in private garages, and two others that are still being worked on.

The museum would not be open to the public on a regular basis except for occasional open houses.

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