By Katherine Menu
Southampton Town Planning Board
On Thursday, at the Southampton Town Planning Board’s regular meeting, it is expected the board will deem plans to demolish Bridgehampton Beverage, at the corner of Montauk Highway and Lumber Lane in Bridgehampton, and replace it with a newly constructed Greek revival inspired building, not subject to further environmental review under state law.
According to Lisa Poyer, an environmental planner with Inter-Science Research Associates in Southampton, at last Thursday’s meeting, the planning board tentatively agreed the project will receive a negative declaration under the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA). They will officially vote on the matter at 1 p.m. today.
BNB Ventures IV, LLC, owned in part by Leonard Ackerman, has proposed to demolish the beverage store and a second ramshackle residence adjacent to the building, and construct a new two-story, 8,700 square-foot building at the site.
The development will house three retail spaces on the ground floor and either three offices or two apartments on the second floor and will redirect traffic to the building through the parking lot next to Starbucks and the offices of Prudential Douglas Ellimate, which BNB Ventures also owns.
According to Poyer, the project does not need any variances, but will still go through site plan approval through the planning board and review by other involved agencies including the town engineer. A public hearing will likely be held during the site plan review process, she added, which will give residents a second time to comment on the project since it was first proposed.
The redevelopment is the third planned for the four-way intersection in Bridgehampton, with restoration to the Nathaniel Rogers House ongoing and as well as a project at the former Bulls Head.
Sag Harbor Planning Board
Madison Street Redevelopment Waived from Review
Following some conditions set by Sag Harbor Village Building Inspector Tim Platt, Matthew Coffin and Natasha Esch’s plans to reconfigure the former Headley Studio on Madison Street was waived from undergoing further review from the Sag Harbor Planning Board on Tuesday night.
Coffin and Esch proposed to combine two existing retail spaces and a first floor apartment and carve a mezzanine area into the second floor to create a larger retail space than what currently exists. The plans call for a 1,972-square foot retail space, and a 542 square-foot efficiency apartment on the second floor.
In order to achieve the design, attorney Miles Anderson explained a second story will be constructed on an existing first story of the building and a two-story addition will be constructed on the north side of the building. An extended patio, which Platt has ruled cannot boast any retail space unless Coffin and Esch plan on increasing parking at the site, is also a part of the design.
In other news, a six-lot subdivision on 3.2 acres at Route 114, Lighthouse Lane and Washington Avenue in Sag Harbor has been submitted for final approval by the planning board after receiving approvals from the Suffolk County Health Department, according to attorney Dennis Downes.
One of the lots is proposed to keep an existing two-story, single family dwelling, with the remaining five lots to be developed in the future.
On Tuesday, the planning board sent a letter to the Sag Harbor Village Board of Trustees asking for an appraisal of the subdivision to figure out what fees the property owner will need to pay to the village’s park fund as a result of the property being split from one parcel into several lots.
According to Sag Harbor Village environmental planning consultant Rich Warren, any subdivision must pay into the village park fund, which is supposed to be used in the creation of new parks or the maintenance of existing parkland, as it is expanding the number of parcels, and therefore people, expected to live in the area. Warren said Sag Harbor Village is not alone in this requirement, which most municipalities have in place.
A smaller re-subdivision, at 8 and 12 Union Street, will be up for public hearing at the board’s February 22 meeting. Mario Palumbo has asked the board for a lot line modification and re-subdivision of the two parcels to transfer 383 square-feet from 8 Union Street to 12 Union Street. The public hearing will be held at 6 p.m.
Sag Harbor ARB
Light Week for ARB Yields Handful of Approvals
The Sag Harbor Village Historic Preservation and Architectural Review Board (ARB) reviewed just a handful of residential applications this week, granting approvals for all but one application at its Monday, January 24 meeting.
Glenn Horowitz and Tracey Jackson were given approval to build a new pool at their 233 Madison Street residence, as was Mike Arena for a 28’ by 14’ swimming pool at 15 Vitali Avenue. Arena was also given permission to construct a new, two-story residence at the location, as well as a shed.
The next meeting of the Sag ARB will be held on Thursday, February 10 at 5 p.m.