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Watchcase Condos Vandalized

Posted on 27 February 2014

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By Kathryn G. Menu; Photography by Michael Heller

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The Watchcase condominium project fell victim to vandalism sometime this weekend, with the words “savesagharbor.org” stenciled in navy blue spray paint on the face of one of the townhouse units on Sage Street.

According to a police report filed on Monday, doors and windows were also broken in six of the townhouse units during the vandalism, with black spray paint used to deface window ledges.

According to Sag Harbor Village Police Chief Thomas Fabiano, police estimate roughly $20,000 in damages were sustained as a result of the incident. Cape Advisors, the company that owns the former Bulova Watchcase Factory property and has been constructing the 64-unit luxury condominium development, is performing its own assessment of the damage.

The damage was first discovered by project manager Ray Riha, of Melville-based Racanelli Construction, on Monday morning. According to the police report, the site was last secured at 2:22 p.m. on Saturday.

The not-for-profit organization, Save Sag Harbor, denied involvement in the vandalism in a statement issued Tuesday morning by its president, Mia Grosjean.

“Save Sag Harbor adamantly denounces any vandalism in our village,” said the group’s board in a statement. “We are shocked and concerned that our name has been misused in this malicious act. To make our voices heard we have consistently demonstrated that the best approach is to work within the governing system, and we strongly support public participation in all village board meetings.”

Savesagharbor.org does connect to the organization’s website. The web address the group uses is savesagharbor.com.

On Tuesday, Cape Advisors partner David Kronman said the situation would not set the firm’s construction back, although it would cost some money to repair the vandalism.

“We have some surveillance,” he said. “We are still investigating whether or not that can help us figure out who did this. We will work in cooperation with the police department. Certainly, incidents like this will not be tolerated.”

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5 Responses to “Watchcase Condos Vandalized”

  1. April Gornik says:

    Those who live in the Bulova Watchcase Condos are going to be our new neighbors, and Cape Advisors deserves credit for quickly being responsive when the question of the way the buildings were being cladded was raised by Save Sag Harbor and for meeting with the organization. In addition, Save Sag Harbor has always stood for the exact opposite of this sort of vandalism. Very sad that this happened.

  2. Ginny Vale says:

    Although I often feel the efforts of SSH do more harm than good I doubt this was a member or supporter. More likly a drunken idiot, of which there is no shortage.

  3. Tim says:

    This looks more organized than a “drunken idiot” – stencil had to be prepared in advance, avoiding police patrols, etc. etc. Probably more than one person ? Maybe one was high and responsible for the window damage, the other sober and did the organizing and the stencil ? Angry at BOTH Save Sag Harbor and “outside developers” ? Certain resemblance to the whales that appeared around town last year ? Probably male aged 18-30 ? They are part of the community and I suspect a few folks out there have some suspicions ? This destructive vandalism represents an escalation and one hopes they will stop now, before they or someone else gets seriously hurt.

  4. Fletch says:

    Wait… this all seems oddly familiar… no, it can’t be–but the stenciling though… Sonnofa gun. My bad, guys. You know how those Wednesday morning benders can go sometimes. A moist rag will take that right off. I’ll get right on it, soon as I polish off this Coors…

  5. jimmy says:

    I knew they should the bulldozed the building and put up a Target there instead.


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