By Kathryn G. Menu
It has been three years since local developer James Giorgio hatched plans to rebuild a historic Main Street, Sag Harbor building that dates back to the 1700s, and on Thursday, December 20 he gained approval to do just that.
The Sag Harbor Village Planning Board formally signed off on plans for Giorgio to raise the building at 125 Main Street — most recently home to wellNEST — construct a new foundation and rebuild the historic building from the inside out.
The building, when completed, will contain one large commercial space, with a second-story accessory apartment. Two additions on the rear of the building will be removed and an additional 367 square-feet of space will be added to the back of the structure.
Giorgio now only needs the approval of the Sag Harbor Village Historic Preservation and Architectural Review Board (ARB), which praised the plans conceptually at a meeting in December. He is expected to go back in front of that board for its final approval on January 10, and if approved said he will likely start construction this winter.
In other planning board news, Lynn Park Charveriat and her husband, Christopher presented their plans to transform what is affectionately known as The Gingerbread House on Main Street in Sag Harbor from a two-family residence into a 1,372 square-footcommercial space featuring Charveriat’s store, La Maisonette on the first floor with an accessory apartment planned for the second floor space.
The proposal also includes plans for a handicapped accessible ramp on the south side of the building, which will connect to a new sidewalk leading to a parking area at the rear of the structure. Five new parking spaces are also included in the plan, one being handicap accessible, with two additional parking spaces found within an existing garage.
The proposal was up for a public hearing on December 20 and drew no comments, according to Sag Harbor Planning Board member Gregory Ferraris.