New Commercial Project Proposed for Long Island Avenue in Sag Harbor
By Christine Sampson
The owner of 31 Long Island Avenue, Vacs Enterprises LLC, has renewed efforts to build on what is one of the last undeveloped commercial parcels left in Sag Harbor Village.
On behalf of Vacs Enterprises, Gabe Schiavoni appeared before the Sag Harbor Planning Board on April 25 along with attorney Dennis Downes to begin pitching the project. According to planning board documentation, what is proposed is a three-story building with 4,569 square feet of retail space on the first floor, 5,318 square feet of office space on the second floor and 2,849 square feet for two apartments on the third floor. It would include a deck on the third floor and a balcony on the second floor, as well as five parking spaces plus one handicap parking space.
“The parcel is going to require a couple of variances,” Mr. Downes told the planning board. “We have applications pending, just waiting for [building inspector] Tom Preiato to write up his turn-down letter.”
The property had been contaminated by coal tar from the adjacent manufactured gas plant, so it was demolished and declared a Superfund site. The property was a part of a large-scale remediation project in 2008, led by National Grid, formerly KeySpan, and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC). At the April 25 planning board meeting, chairman Gregory Ferraris said a NYSDEC easement had been granted to green-light the redevelopment of the property.
A 2008 memo from then-village attorney Fred W. Thiele Jr. said an identical building could be rebuilt without needing any special approvals from the village, but any changes to nonconformity with village code would require variances. In 2011, the Schiavonis pitched a plan to build a one-and-a-half story, 3,900 square-foot retail center with 12 parking spaces, which had ultimately been scaled down from a two-story structure in order to avoid the need for variances.
Reached by phone last week, Diane Schiavoni, who is also involved in the project, declined to comment, saying it was too early in the process to discuss its specifics.
The project is expected to be revisited by the planning board at its May 23 meeting.