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Sag ARB Focus on Signs

Posted on 29 April 2009

Diane Schiavoni is known on the Sag Harbor Historic Preservation and Architectural Review Board (ARB) as the “Sign Lady” — the board often looking to her for final approval on any sign proposed in the village’s historic downtown. On Monday, Schiavoni joined the rest of the board in approving Phao Thai Kitchen’s perpendicular hanging sign at its Main Street location, although the Sign Lady did so begrudgingly, sighing as she made the approval unanimous.

Tora Matsuoka approached the board for the sign after being asked at last month’s ARB meeting to make some slight revisions. According to Matsuoka, existing signs for both Phao Thai Kitchen and neighboring Sen are difficult to see once the awnings are down, and he would like to ensure visibility on Main Street.

“I just think we don’t have many perpendicular signs in Sag Harbor,” lamented Schiavoni when reviewing the 12 by three foot sign.

“I think it is nice,” said board member Michael Mensch. “I think a frame is important to make it look a little old — not too slick or clean.”

Matsuoka agreed and also promised to center the sign between the two restaurants at the board’s request.

Also on Main Street, Paul Russo will be sprucing up the Capital One building at the corner of Washington Street, completing repairs and painting the trim. Michael Park of Double J Realty was also approved to place a new awning at 80A Division Street, the site of the Little Angel Tips Nail & Spa, formerly known as Beach Nail House.

Architect Paul Alter was brought back to the board to discuss windows, a door and a brick wall at Penni Hirstenstein’s 162 Main Street property. While the board was pleased with most of the revisions for the approved project, they were concerned about a window sample Alter presented, wondering if it was too modern for windows that will be treated with restoration glass. Alter argued the windows will be an improvement over what exists today and urged members to view the residence before making a decision at next month’s meeting.

In other news, Erika Hecht was approved for a blue stone stoop at 26 Suffolk Street. Herbert Sambol was given the go ahead for a swimming pool at 30 Prospect Avenue, Paul Alter was approved for the removal of a non-historic maple tree at 25 Burke Street and both John Vaccari and Rue Matthiessen were approved for additions to their homes at 262 Madison Street and 261 Main Street, respectively.

Charles Thomas was also granted permission for what board member Robert Tortora joked was the “longest garage application” in board history at 125 Main Street. Thomas agreed to simplify the structure, much to the board’s pleasure.

“I think that is the first time we are saving a client some money,” joked Mensch. 

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