The Sag Harbor Village ZBA tabled an application last week by Lysander Sag Harbor Residence, LLP, to construct an addition at 23 Suffolk Street, more commonly known as the Lanford Wilson House. The celebrated playwright died in 2011, leaving his Egyptian Revival home that dates back to 1840.
According to the applicant’s attorney, Tiffany Scarlato, her clients need setback variances and a variance that would allow the addition to protrude into the sky plane 2,862.4 feet in order to create an addition that is in keeping with the historic character of the home.
The project has preliminary approval from the Sag Harbor Historic Preservation and Architectural Review Board (ARB).
The rear addition to the two-and-a-half story residence will comprise approximately 400 square feet, said Scarlato.
Board member Timothy McGuire said he was concerned an outdoor balcony would basically peer into windows of the neighboring household.
Chairman Anton Hagen said such a large sky plane variance was literally “getting into the stratosphere.”
However, board member Michael Bromberg noted the board offered a sky plan variance of 5,000 cubic feet to a Terry Drive resident earlier this year — a variance he did not support.
Bromberg also said given this is not new construction — like the Terry Drive residence — the applicant is limited and said he supported granting the variances.
McGuire said the massing of the house was a concern for him, but more importantly, the balcony issue.
Scarlato noted the balcony doesn’t actually need a variance and is therefore not under the board’s jurisdiction.
“If it’s conforming we can be as annoyed as we would like to be but that is not really grounds for denying the application,” said Bromberg.
The board agreed to table the application so members could take a site visit.
The next ZBA meeting will be held on June 18.