By Kathryn G. Menu
Proposed changes to 7 Main Street, also known as the Provisions building owned by the corporation Sag Harbor Pooh, LLC, earned favorable reviews from the Sag Harbor Historic Preservation and Architectural Review Board (ARB) Monday night save for one issue — skylights.
On Monday evening, Robert Esnard, representing the corporation, walked the board through changes to the former Whalers Cleaners space — long vacant — and second floor areas above the former Style Bar on Bay Street.
While the board had little comment on minor changes to the interior of the former dry cleaning space or plans to reconfigure residential spaces on the second floor of the building, “roof windows” on the south side of the building facing Suffolk County National Bank, and four more facing Bay Street gave the board pause. ARB president Cee Scott Brown expressed concerns they may be visible from the bank or from cars entering Sag Harbor Village on Route 114.
While Brown had no issue with the skylights planned for the Bay Street side of the building, which will be hidden by a parapet, the skylights facing the bank and their appearance on a reconstructed roof bothered him.
“I am just concerned about putting skylights in the historic district at this point,” said Brown.
Esnard wondered if the board would be open to dormers, but Brown was not appeased.
“I think the skylights would likely be the lesser evil,” he said.
Esnard agreed to come back to the board for a visual presentation showing what the skylights and new roofing material would look like. The board approved the remainder of the application.
High Street resident Suzy Vasilov was approved Monday night for the installation of 14 replacement windows on her High Street home, although the ARB asked Vasilov install true divided windows rather than windows with snap-on interior muntins without seeing an example of what the windows will look like.
Michael Ferrara, a district manager with Home Depot, presented to the board on behalf of Vasilov and noted the wood, double hung full frame inserts were commonly used in historic homes, as they are inserted from the interior, preserving the exterior aesthetic of the window frame.
“It’s expensive,” he noted.
Ferrara added the snap-in muntins would only change the exterior look for those extremely close to the house, but noted a true divided window option was available, just more expensive, particularly for a project entailing the replacement of 14 windows.
ARB member Penny Ludwig suggested they could be required for the street-facing portions of the home and board member Christine Patrick agreed she would prefer to see true divided windows.
The board approved Vasilov for windows if they are true divided and left the door open for Ferrara to return to the ARB for a presentation on the snap-in muntins if Vasilov still wants to pursue that option.
In other ARB news, the board approved a pool, patio, deck and fence for Curto & Curto on Joels Lane, provided the pool equipment is enclosed; approved Sean Murphy for the relocation of his interior front door on Cuffee Drive; approved Barry Marcus and the Sag Harbor Pharmacy for a new awning; approved Al and Mary Giaquinto for a Gunite pool at their Montauk Avenue Extension home; and approved a floating dock for Madeline and David Haver on Redwood Road.
Under village law, all applications requiring building permits are now floated by the ARB for approval. As Brown noted, the village board has changed the code to ensure the ARB has the opportunity to vote on development projects outside of the historic district after building inspector Tim Platt determined the 2009 code revision took away any ARB jurisdiction over non-historic district properties — including large projects. This is why, said Brown Monday night, the ARB would weigh in on a proposed dock, for example.
“Either we lose it or we gain it,” said Brown, who later added prior to Platt’s determination the ARB always looked at exterior renovations inside or outside of the historic district. “And otherwise we cover nothing outside of the historic district, so I will take it.”
The next Sag Harbor ARB meeting will be held on Thursday, September 12 at 5 p.m.