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Schedule Hearing for Ferry Road

Posted on 26 June 2009

During the Village of Sag Harbor Planning Board meeting on Tuesday night, the board scheduled a public hearing for Monday, August 10 at 7 p.m. on a waterfront condominium project on Long Island Avenue known as Ferry Road, but not before the village attorney had sharp words for the developer’s attorney and planner.

Michael Maidan and a group of investors under the limited liability corporation East End Ventures have proposed 18 waterfront condos with 18 accessory docks on a parcel of waterfront adjacent to the Lance Cpl. Jordan Haerter Veterans Memorial Bridge. The planning board has been waiting for several months for the completion of a draft environmental impact statement, in which the developers answer questions posed by the community and board members about effects the project may have on the village.

Last Wednesday, the village received copies of the massive document, which enables the board to bring the project in front of the public for review, although Sag Harbor Village Attorney Anthony Tohill scolded the project’s attorney and planner for a lack of communication and timeliness in delivering the tome of research.

In accepting the documents for public review, a resolution drafted by Tohill pointed to the fact the board expected to receive the work prior to last’s months meeting. As the meeting neared, village consultants attempted to reach consultants at VHB Engineering, Surveying and Landscaping Architecture, which was preparing the impact statement, only to discover the applicants would seek an extension just hours before the meeting. Tohill added the documents were then handed in late, placing a burden on the board and its planner to review the work prior to Tuesday’s meeting. 

Despite what the resolution termed “the failures of communication by the applicant’s representative,” and the disruption of the regulatory process, the board agreed to accept the documentation for review, although Sag Harbor Building Inspector Tim Platt will need to determine whether the plan complies with village code. The village has recently adopted a new zoning code that changes what is allowed at the parcel, limiting the developers to just six-units, although the board will rely on Platt’s determination, expected to be filed by July 17, before they can discuss the new code in relation to the luxury condo project.

VHB representative Kim Gennaro stressed to the board it was not the intention of her firm to frustrate the board with minimal time to review the documents, but that she believed the board would have a longer period of time to go over the work. At the request of village planner Richard Warren, Gennaro promised to have copies available for review by members of the public and other involved government agencies by the July 4 holiday weekend. 

In other planning board news, board member Ann Hansen submitted her resignation on Tuesday night. Hansen’s replacement will be announced at the village’s reorganizational meeting on July 6 at noon.

“It has been my privilege to serve the village since 1994,” said Hansen. “Good luck to my successor.”

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