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Sag Harbor ZBA Tables Addition Due to Massing; Asks for ARB Opinion

Posted on 21 August 2013

An application for variances to approve an addition for Lysander Sag Harbor Residence, LLP, on Suffolk Street was once again tabled by the Sag Harbor Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) Tuesday night after just three board members were unable to agree to an approval. They suggested the applicant come back next month when fourth board member Brendan Skislock could weigh in on the application, as well as a fifth board member yet to be named to the ZBA by the village board.

The applicant has proposed an addition within 3.8 feet of the north lot line and within 13.9 feet of the south lot line where a minimum of 15-feet is required under the village code. The project will result in a total side yard setback of 17.7-feet where a minimum of 30-feet is required and is also seeking a pyramid variance to protrude into the sky plane 2,862.4- cubic feet.

According to Scarlato, the addition includes a balcony intended for screening purposes alone and will increase the square footage of the home by a total of 850 square-feet, adding additional room on the first and second floors aimed at expanding a dining room and breakfast area.

At last month’s ZBA meeting, concerned with the massing the addition would add to the north side of the property, ZBA chairman Anton Hagen asked for an architect to present the board with plans to understand why the addition was necessary, and could not be pushed in to protect the neighboring property.

According to architect Martin Sosa, his client, a Mr. Woodward, was seeking to expand the footprint of the house by approximately 900 square-feet to accommodate an extension of the house to encompass deck space.

Sosa noted the Sag Harbor Historic Preservation and Architecture Review Board (ARB) has already signed off, tentatively and pending ZBA approval, on the design of the home. He said he feared should the ZBA ask him to break up the massing of the current proposal, he may be unable to gain ARB approval.

“The percentage figures are not more than I have seen before this board,” said Hagen of the increase in the size of the residence, “so from that point it is a reasonable calculation. What I am concerned about is the massing along that wall.”

“I would have liked to have seen some kind of jog in there,” he added.

New board member, architect Scott Baker, wondered if the neighbor to the north had commented on the project. Board member Tim McGuire noted that property is for sale.

“Did the ARB have any comments about the north wall,” wondered Baker.

Sosa said to create a jog would virtually eliminate the use of “the breakfast room” from an organic and architectural point of view.

Hagen argued the lot is narrow and to extend it was questionable. Tiffany Scarlato, serving as an attorney on the project, noted the side yard set back does not increase as a result of the proposal.

Hagen stopped the conversation there, noting he was not inclined to approve the application via a straw vote and it may make more sense for the applicant to come back to a bigger board. Neither Baker or McGuire voiced a differing opinion.

Hagen stressed he was concerned about the massing of the north wall.

“We would be making an undesirable situation worse for the northern neighbor,” he said.

Baker said he would like to review the minutes of the last ARB meeting regarding the application before moving forward.

In other news, the board approved an application by James Russell Jackson to legalize an existing deck constructed within 13.9 feet of the westerly property line of his Long Island Avenue home where a minimum of 15 feet is required under village code.

The board tentatively signed off on approval for a modest expansion, within the existing footprint, of a home on Yale Road as well.

John Leonard’s application regarding the expansion of the Harbor Heights Service Station was tabled due to the number of ZBA members available at Tuesday’s meeting.

The next Sag Harbor ZBA meeting will be held on September 17 with a work session beginning at 6 p.m., the regular meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m.


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