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Sag Harbor Planning Board Revisits Outdoor Dining at Page Restaurant

Posted on 23 April 2014

By Kathryn G. Menu

Sag Harbor Village has issued a stop-work order, halting construction at Page at 63 Main, which last month received permission to build an aquaponic farm to supply vegetables to its kitchen and, in August, as part of a separate application, received permission  to build an outdoor dining area at the rear of the restaurant.

On Tuesday, the Sag Harbor Planning Board, which approved the restaurant’s projects, revisited the applications in the wake of the stop-work order.

Part of the problem, according to Dennis Downes, an attorney representing Page at 63 Main, is conflicting surveys filed with the building department as the board looked at the two separate applications. Mr. Downes said the outdoor dining project now needs a variance to allow for a Dumpster to be moved at the rear of the building.

Planning board chairman Neil Slevin added that what was once an outdoor seating area on grass is now covered with blue stone pavers—which could affect lot coverage and drainage.

Mr. Slevin said he believed the stop-work order was issued both because of the change in the survey involving the Dumpster and because work had already begun on the aquaponic farm facility even though a building permit had not yet been issued.

Building owner Gerard Wawryk said the project had already been delayed because the board had not properly circulated a request to the other village boards to lead the environmental review of the project—something he said had set the project back more than a month.  Building department secretary Doria Alvarez countered that the request could not be circulated because the applicant had not provided the building department with enough copies of its plan to share with the other boards.

Regardless, said Mr. Slevin, at this point the board should review the placement of the Dumpster and the addition of the blue stone pavers and whether or not that would have any implications.

“That is pretty much where I am on this,” he said. “We can’t do anything tonight.”

Mr. Downes said he would instead request that the board allow the application to revert to the site plan that was approved in August, while allowing the owners to file an application with the zoning board of appeals to request a variance for the Dumpster.

The blue stone, said Mr. Downes, could be replaced with grass pavers, which while pervious, would still allow for comfortable seating.

Village attorney Denise Schoen said Sag Harbor building inspector Tim Platt has the authority to determine whether grass pavers should be considered pervious surfaces and therefore not something that would count toward lot coverage.

“Some building inspectors say yes, some building inspectors say no,” she said.

Village environmental planning consultant Rich Warren said he would also want the planning board to assess the impact on drainage any changes to the plan could have.

The board adjourned the application until its May 27 meeting.

Next month, the board is expected to grant approval to Sag Harbor Antique Fire Truck, Inc. for the construction of an antique fire truck museum at 1827 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike.

The company, a non-profit connected to the Sag Harbor Volunteer Fire Department, hopes to construct a barn on the property to serve as an antique fire truck museum. On Tuesday, Mr. Warren said the only information he would like to see confirmed by the village engineer is that the development will have sufficient drainage.

The John Jermain Memorial Library is expected to receive approval for the placement of a PSEG Long Island transformer at its Main Street property at next month’s meeting. According to library director Catherine Creedon, the transformer will be enclosed with landscaping. The board agreed it would approve the library’s application in May pending a landscaping plan.

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