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Controversial Sag Harbor Condos In Spotlight Tuesday

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For the last two years the proposed condominium project at 1, 3 and 5 Ferry Road has been the topic of public discourse, whether on Sag Harbor’s Main Street, at a Coalition of Neighborhoods for the Preservation of Sag Harbor (CONPOSH) forum, or in the village Municipal Building. But on Tuesday, September 23 at 7 p.m. residents will have an official opportunity to weigh in and help shape the environmental review of one of the most debated proposed developments in Sag Harbor history.

On Tuesday night the Sag Harbor Planning Board will host what is known as a scoping session – an opportunity for residents to weigh in on what they perceive as impacts the project could have on the village, the surrounding environment and residents.

The Ferry Road project, as it has come to be known, is for 18 units with accessory boating slips for each unit. The proposed 43,040 square-foot, three-story development calls for the demolition of two existing structures on the former Diner property, which sits on the Sag Harbor waterfront, next to the shopping complex that houses 7-Eleven, Sing City, Amber Bakery and Personal Best Fitness to name a few. Thirty-six on-site parking spaces are also proposed, as is an in-ground swimming pool.

Last month, the planning board said the project would require comprehensive environmental review as it detailed half a dozen potentially significant adverse environmental impacts the project could cause, as well as a handful of small to moderate impacts.

Allowing the public to share their views is the next step in the process.

“The scoping session of the [State Environmental Quality Review] process provides the public with an opportunity to participate with the identification of impacts to the community,” explained Sag Harbor Mayor Greg Ferraris. “I can’t stress highly enough the significance of the public providing input during this process.”

The project has not been without its share of public opposition with a number of residents and village board members publicly expressing concern with the development’s size and impacts on the aesthetic of the village. Last year an organization, Save our Waterfront, was formed specifically to oppose the project. While not the not-for-profit’s focus, Save Sag Harbor, has also rallied residents to question the project’s aesthetic value to the village.

Over the course of the two-year debate the village even enlisted the aid of an architect – D. Dean Telfer – to help bring about consensus between the village boards on the architecture of the project. Instead, Telfer’s designs created further division – loved by members on one board, but worrisome to others because of the size of a separate, “pivotal” building in the townhouse style plan and fears that important waterfront vistas in Sag Harbor could be impacted by the plan.

Despite residents’ vocal concerns over the condo project, it is a scoping session where the public can have a meaningful impact on what is reviewed in the project.

“The public should not underestimate the power they have in providing input in these processes,” said Ferraris. “As a village, under our proposed zoning code amendments and in other changes we have seen, we believe we do have a handle on how we will paint the picture of the village now and in the future. But the public is a crucial part of this process.”

The planning board already has heard a laundry list of potential impacts, identified by village environmental planning consultant Rich Warren. Included in those impacts was the revelation that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has reservations over the fixed dock with 18 slips proposed as a part of the project, according to an August 15 letter filed with the village.

Impacts to land, water, groundwater and surface water runoff, aesthetic resources, the character of the existing community and the development of the unique waterfront parcel have all been cited as potentially being impacted significantly by the proposed project.

The effects on non-threatened and non-endangered species, on transportation systems, on community sources of fuel or energy supply, odors, noise and vibrations have been cited as potentially causing small to moderate impacts to the community. The project is not expected to impact air quality, threatened or endangered species, agricultural resources, future open spaces or recreational opportunities.

During last month’s planning board meeting, Warren did note the scoping session is not meant to “throw the kitchen sink” at the applicant, but rather guide the developers and the board on what the public feels should be the focus of the environmental review.

The planning board will be on the second floor of the Municipal Building at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 23. In addition to the Ferry Road scoping session, the meeting will also be the last for former planning board chairman and current board member Jerome Toy, who will officially resign following Tuesday’s meeting. The village has yet to announce who will replace Toy on the board. 

Condo Developer Offers Bay Street New Theatre

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Will the Bay Street Theatre find a new home on West Water Street next to Baron’s Cove Inn in Sag Harbor in a theatre built for them by the developers of the approved West Water Street condos and the proposed Ferry Road condos?

According to Bay Street Theatre board chairman Frank Filipo and theatre general manager Tracey Mitchell, the theatre’s number one priority is signing a lease with current building owner Patrick Malloy III and continuing their operations in Sag Harbor.

“Right now we are focused on continuing the great relationship we have had with Pat Malloy,” said Filipo on Wednesday. “If anything more came of this it would be our responsibility to talk about it on the board level, but right now this is completely out of the blue.”

Filipo stressed the board’s main goal was staying in the theatre’s current space on Long Wharf and working out a lease agreement with Malloy.

“There is no arrangement,” he said in regards to Michael Maidan’s proposal. “I wasn’t even aware of this.”

Filipo was not present at a Tuesday morning meeting between members of the Bay Street Theatre management team and Michael Maidan, Emil Talel – two of the principals behind the West Water Street and Ferry Road condo projects – but Mitchell was, and echoed Filipo’s statements about the theatre’s priorities.

“We had a preliminary meeting,” she said. “These men came to us and wanted to bring us their ideas for putting a theatre there. That was really the extent of it.”

Mitchell added anyone who calls the theatre with opportunities are heard out, and management is happy to discuss ideas and concepts, but the theatre is in the middle of trying to resign its lease with Malloy and that remains the number one priority.

Mark D’Andrea, project manager for the West Water Street and Ferry Road projects, who was also at Tuesday’s meeting, said his bosses walked away from the meeting knowing a deal was not in place, but confident it went well.

“It could not have gone better,” he said.

D’Andrea presented a footprint of the proposed theater and drawings, he said, to what he perceived as an ecstatic group. On Wednesday, he said he was ready to move forward with the plan, which in his concept involves a 299-seat, triangular-shaped theatre facing the water with a second story community space.

When asked if this project would move forward whether or not the village approves the controversial Ferry Road project, his answer was “of course.”

“This is not a bait and switch,” he said.

Last month, during a discussion of the Ferry Road project at the Sag Harbor planning board, D’Andrea said the developers of the project were willing to build a new theatre for the community, and were also considering buying the former Methodist Church as a community center. Village attorney Anthony Tohill halted the discussion, noting either purchase pertained to the Ferry Road project.

D’Andrea said he was told by architects from Incorporated Architectural Design – the architects who designed the West Water Street project – that he could legally construct the theatre and the plan conformed with setbacks.

However, the plan does not conform with current or proposed zoning in regard to uses. The parcel is zoned Resort-Motel, which is pretty much all that can be built there. Theatres are not permitted uses under the proposed or current code.

D’Andrea said his team has also started construction on a public lighted pathway in front of Barron’s Cove. The hope, he said, is to have the walkway extend through the village to Windmill Beach, although the cooperation of other landowners in Sag Harbor will be needed to bring that plan to fruition.

 Above: The site plan for a proposal the condo developers at West Water Street and Ferry Road have shared with management at the Bay Street Theatre. THe theatre is the triangular space, in pink, on the left hand side of the drawing.