By Kathryn G. Menu
Despite concerns by some neighbors about the area becoming a new place to party, on Tuesday night the Sag Harbor Village Planning Board approved the site plan for an outdoor area at Page @ 63 Main and granted building owner Gerard Wawryk a special permit to allow outdoor tables and chairs in what will be a grassy area behind the Main Street restaurant.
According to Dennis Downes, Wawryk’s attorney, the grassy area with tables and chairs will be a place patrons can sit and wait for a table. There will be no table service, however, patrons will be allowed to get a drink — or food — from the bar and take it outside themselves.
While some neighboring business owners expressed concerns over the expansion of the restaurant, last month it was ultimately traffic on Division Street and parking woes that stalled the planning board from approving the application.
Specifically, planning board chairman Neil Slevin said he was concerned that deliveries — many currently made in the rear parking area Wawryk is transforming into the outdoor dining area — would be made on Division Street, creating a traffic problem on a street already plagued by that issue in the summer season. That Wawryk currently uses the area for parking was another concern raised by the board.
On Tuesday, Sag Harbor Village Planning consultant Richard Warren said a middle ground had been reached, with Wawryk maintaining part of the driveway for deliveries and garbage pick-up, reducing the size of the outdoor seating area.
Under the current plan, filed with the building department last Friday, August 23, a paved driveway leading to the rear of the property remains and the property is improved with a walkway from Division Street leading to a small arbor that will serve as the rear entryway to the restaurant. Wawryk has proposed a dumpster that will be refrigerated. The lighting, shown Tuesday night mounted on village property, said Downes, will be erected on Wawryk’s property and will be Dark Skies compliant.
With board member Greg Ferraris abstaining from the vote, the planning board approved the application and will sign off on a formal approval drafted by village attorney Denise Schoen at next month’s September 24 meeting.