On Tuesday night, the Sag Harbor Village Board of Trustees held a public hearing on re-zoning the former Sag Harbor United Methodist Church property at 48 Madison Street – returning the property to residential zoning from its current zoning as a part of the Village Business District (VBD).
A public hearing was also held to consider an amendment to the Sag Harbor Village Comprehensive Plan planning strategies to support the change back to residential zoning for the property.
Both public hearings came without comment Tuesday night, although several letters of support for the re-zoning have been filed with the village board.
In essence, if approved next month pending notice from the Suffolk County Planning Commission, re-zoning the property simply undoes zoning the village board created in 2010 to allow Elizabeth Dow’s Mixed Media wall-covering studio, internship program and workshop to move into the former church space.
In 2010, Dow purchased the former church property from former Southampton Town Councilman Dennis Suskind, but in April sold the building to Sloan Schaffer, an entrepreneur and gallery owner who plans to transform the space into a single-family residence.
The village board is expected to approve the change in zoning for the property at its August 13 meeting.