By Kathryn G. Menu; Photography by Michael Heller
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.”