Trees Cause Stir At Sag Harbor ARB

Posted on 16 October 2008

A discussion about materials for an approved retaining wall at the 21 West Water Street condo project during a historic preservation and architectural review board meeting turned sour when the developers announced it would be unfeasible to plant trees of a previously agreed upon caliper.

On Thursday, October 9 the board held a discussion on the approved condo project, which will boast 20 units and a rooftop saltwater pool, with Drew Stuart of Incorporated Architecture and Design (IAD) who designed the project for developers East End Ventures.

Stuart came to the board with input on material for an approximately two-and-a-half foot high retaining wall, which he suggested could be constructed with distressed brick to make it appear as if the wall was from a prior development.

Board chairman Cee Scott Brown asked that the base of the wall be installed, followed by a site visit by the full board, during which a discussion of finishes could begin.

While all at the meeting were in agreement on the issue of the retaining wall, some board members were distressed when they were informed the caliper of a cherry tree to be planted on the site would be six inches as opposed to 10 inches – a departure from the developer’s agreement with the village’s tree fund when they agreed to allow the removal of an existing cherry tree.

John Reddington, landscape architect for the project, argued that a 10-inch caliper tree may have trouble establishing itself, and subsequently die, due to the drainage field required by the Sag Harbor Planning Board as a part of its approval.

“Keep in mind as important as aesthetics are, I can’t have it flooding West Water Street every time there is a torrential rain,” said project manager Mark D’Andrea.

Robert Tortora, a member of the ARB and the tree committee, wondered if the board wasn’t being “bamboozled,” noting the plans were set to include this size tree.

Brown suggested the board pull previous minutes of their meetings regarding the size of the trees and discuss the matter with the village attorney.

In other news, a fence was approved for the site of the proposed condos at 1, 3 and 5 Ferry Road, which are also a project of East End Ventures. The board agreed to a natural finish, cedar picket fence on the side of the property closest to the building that houses 7-Eleven and Sing City.

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