Members of the Hamptons Gym Corp’s Sag Harbor Gym will soon be able to enjoy freshly squeezed juices and smoothies after their workout. On Tuesday night, the Sag Harbor Planning Board gave Moose Smoothies owner Carlos Ramirez tentative approval to set up shop in what is now a 180-square-foot closet at the gym’s Bay Street location.
At last month’s planning board meeting, building inspector Tim Platt said if Moose Smoothies was considered a primary use it would not conform to the village code. But last Tuesday, the Sag Harbor Village Zoning Board of Appeals ruled that Ramirez’s business was consistent as an accessory use to the gym and could operate under the village code within the walls of the gym.
Ramirez, a Southampton resident, has operated a Moose Smoothie in the Southampton branch of the Hamptons Gym Corp for the last two years.
Given the zoning board’s ruling, on Tuesday the Sag Harbor Village Planning Board unanimously agreed that not only could Ramirez move forward with his application, but that because of the scale of what he is proposing he could also be exempted from site plan approval.
According to village attorney Denise Schoen, Platt had sent a letter to the board saying the project would still need to go through a public hearing process despite the board wanting to waive site plan approval. This perplexed both planning board member Greg Ferraris and environmental planning consultant Rich Warren, two of the main architects of the 2009 zoning code revision who added a waiver for site plan review on projects that were small in nature.
“It seems crazy to have a public hearing for a juice bar that is inside a gym,” said Warren.
After reviewing the code, Schoen agreed that it appeared they could waive the public hearing.
A formal decision will be drafted by Schoen and presented at the board’s September 25 meeting.
In other news, once he is able to reduce the size of a proposed accessory apartment from 750 to 650 square feet in the basement of his Brandywine Drive home, Juan Castro will present what is the second application for a legal accessory apartment in Sag Harbor Village to the planning board.
“Once you meet the parameters in the code, this board feels strongly we would go ahead and approve this application,” said Ferraris. “We have only had one application so we would be anxious to move forward.”