With the construction of luxury condominiums in the former Bulova Watchhcase Factory slated to be completed next year, including a row of townhouses on Church and Sage streets, Sag Harbor Planning Board Chairman Neil Slevin said this week he believes the village should consider what future development will be proposed for some Main Street and Madison Street properties that stretch back to Church Street.
The question was raised following the submission of an application to the planning board Tuesday night by 17 Madison Restoration, LLC, for the construction of a two-story accessory structure that contains an office, pool house, 15-by-15 foot patio and a 15-by-30 foot swimming pool with 15-by-17 foot patio.
The historic 1700s captain’s house, just off Main Street, currently houses an interior design business on the first floor with a second retail space on the second floor. The third floor has two apartments, one looking out on Madison Street and another onto Church Street.
The pool house and pool would face the Church Street side of the property.
In a letter to the planning board, building inspector Tim Platt noted accessory structures are limited to one-story and 15-feet in height, meaning the project would need at least one variance from the Sag Harbor Zoning Board of Appeals.
Planning board member Gregory Ferraris added that pools are prohibited in the village business district (VBD) as are home offices, meaning even more variances would be required for the project to move forward.
Board member Larry Perrine said an office space, accessible by Church Street, begs the question about how that neighborhood is going to evolve with the evolution of the former Bulova Watchcase Factory property.
Slevin agreed, adding he believes this is the first of what could be many applications for properties that stretch back to Church Street.
He wondered if the planning board should not petition village trustees to allow the board to work with the other village boards in understanding the current zoning for these Church Street properties and whether or not that should change.
Attorney Dennis Downes said one issue many Main Street and Madison Street property owners would face if they did try to develop the Church Street side of their parcels is loss of parking.
Ferraris said he believed the zoning was pretty clearly laid out and protective. He wondered if the board needed to take a second look.
The board agreed to hold for the time being and tabled the application as no one representing it was on hand to discuss it.