A proposal for a house on Jefferson Street brought the Sag Harbor Village Zoning Board of Appeals and the Board of Historic Preservation and Architectural Review together for a rare joint meeting on Tuesday night.
After an hour of back-and-forth testimony, Evan DiPaolo, the property’s owner, told the ZBA he would withdraw his application to tear down an existing house and build a new one in its place.
Those plans would have required a slew of variances that the ZBA was reluctant to grant. Last month, Mr. DiPaolo’s architect, Anthony Vermandois, told the ZBA he had originally designed a house to the rear of the property but that the ARB had objected to those plans and requested instead the house be built along the street to preserve the historic character of the neighborhood.
“Our concern was the streetscape,” said ARB chairman Cee Scott Brown. “We did not have a sense of the scale of this house or the number of variances it would require.”
Bob Weinstein, a neighbor, also requested that the house be built along the street, saying that was a “physical reality of the village,” and arguing it would disrupt the historic nature of the neighborhood to build it to the rear of the property.
The attorney Dennis Downes, who opposed construction of the house near the street because, he said last month, it would loom over his own home on Main Street, suggested that Mr. DiPaolo simply remove the kitchen from the existing house and convert it to an accessory structure and build his new house to the rear of the property.
That idea seemed to appeal to Mr. DiPaolo, who told the board, whittling down the size of the house would result in something that “wouldn’t suit our needs.” He added that he didn’t “have unlimited resources” and he was eager to get started on the house, noting that his original plan did not require a single variance.