Sag Harbor Gym Juice Bar Headed to the ZBA

Posted on 26 July 2012

A juice bar conceived to provide freshly squeezed beverages to Hampton Gym Corp patrons at the Sag Harbor Gym after their workout will have to be reviewed by the Sag Harbor Village Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA), according to the village’s building inspector Tim Platt.
At issue, according to a letter Platt filed with the village’s planning board, is whether or not the juice bar constitutes an accessory use or if it is establishing a new principal use within the gym.
Moose Smoothies, a company owned by Carlos Ramirez that has operated within the Hampton Gym Corp’s Southampton branch since last year, has applied to the planning board to turn a 180-square-foot closet with a sink into a small juice bar for Hamptons Gym Corp’s Bay Street branch.
If the juice bar is deemed an accessory use, it falls below the square footage required for a separate business within the village and would have to comply with providing additional parking and wastewater management flow. Platt is asking the ZBA to determine whether or not what Ramirez is proposing is in fact an accessory use.
During Tuesday night’s planning board meeting, environmental planning consultant Rich Warren said he expects the issue will be addressed at the ZBA’s August 21 meeting.
Warren explained that Platt, in reviewing the transcript from last month’s planning board meeting, said he did not hear enough specific information about how the juice bar would only service Hamptons Gym Corp members. This is a major factor if it is to be considered accessory to the gym rather than a separate business operating within the confines of the business.
“He does recognize that gyms have evolved to serve these kinds of things,” added Warren.
“I view it no different from a Coke machine or a water fountain,” added Warren. “When people are done using the gym, this is an additional service they can provide.”
However, Warren agreed with Platt that if the company plans to offer the beverages to outside parties it would then be a new use within the business.
Planning Board member Larry Perrine noted that Moose Smoothies outlet at the Southampton Hamptons Gym Corp location is a larger business catering both to gym members and those not using the gym.
“They need to present with clarity to the ZBA exactly what will be proposed,” agreed Warren.
Restaurant Questioned by Resident
A proposal for a restaurant at Barons Cove Inn on West Water Street was questioned by a neighboring resident who feared the specter of the former Rocco’s nightclub could rear its head at the proposed eatery.
During a public hearing on Tuesday, Howard Street resident Mia Grosjean inspected plans for the 87-seat restaurant, which is allowed as an accessory use under the village code but has been reviewed at length by the planning board over the last year.
KBR Associates, which owns Barons Cove Inn with Cape Advisors managing the property, has proposed to build an accessory restaurant with 87 seats, including 18 outdoor seats in season, as well as an exterior concession stand and a retail store within the lobby of the inn.
While stalled through this winter, the application has been in front of the planning board for more than a year.
Speaking to Grosjean’s concerns, planning board member Gregory Ferraris noted the board has worked over the last nine months to ensure there are voluntary covenants in place to ensure the restaurant does not morph into a nightclub.
“Even though we are handcuffed in limiting what they can do they have agreed to voluntary conditions,” said Ferraris.
Those conditions include prohibiting bottle service of alcohol, limiting the number of seats in the bar area, agreeing to stop serving alcohol at 1 a.m. and not charging cover fees for entry to the bar area after dinner service.
“We don’t want a nightclub scene there,” said Curtis Bagshaw, a principal with Cape Advisors.
The firm has long touted the Barons Cove Inn redesign as an effort to create a family friendly resort close to the heart of Sag Harbor.
“Our intention is to run a resort hotel in keeping with the intentions of this district,” said Bagshaw.
The board expects to accept lead agency status on the project under the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) at its August 28 meeting. From there, it must determine whether or not the addition of these services would pose a negative impact to the environment or not.
First Chickens Approved
Lastly, Mare Dianora was approved to host five chickens on her Grand Street property after meeting all of the requirements laid out in a new village law allowing residents to keep poultry.  She was the first resident approved in the law she helped create.
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