ARB Remains Undecided on Jefferson Street House

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The Sag Harbor Board of Historic Preservation and Architectural  Review last week was again unable to reach a decision on the application of Evan DiPaolo who wants to build a new house at 10 Jefferson Street.

At a September 22 meeting, board chairman Cee Scott Brown said he wanted to table the application until the board had the opportunity to discuss the placement of the house on the lot with a historic preservation consultant.

He suggested the board may try to consult with Julian Adams, the director of the New York State Historic Preservation Office’s Bureau of Community Preservation Services, who advised the board earlier this year on what type of building materials to allow in the historic district.

Earlier this year, Mr. DiPaolo and his architect, Anthony Vermandois, approached the board with drawings for a house at the rear of the property, but they left that informal session with the understanding that the ARB preferred to see the house built along the street, in keeping with the typical streetscape in the historic district.

They next took a proposal to the Zoning Board of Appeals, which blanched at the required number of variances and sent them back to the ARB.

Mr. DiPaolo, his patience obviously, running thin, appeared before the ARB last week with his attorney, Timothy McCauley of Southampton, who questioned if neighbors who want the house built close to the street “have been enjoying some open space at someone else’s expense.” He said Mr. DiPaolo’s plan would have “no impact on the historic district as a whole or any of the neighbors.”

But a large crowd turned out to voice objections to the plan. Bob Weinstein, a resident of 20 Jefferson Street, has been a particularly vocal critic. He said nothing in his opposition to Mr. DiPaolo’s plan was personal, but that he was concerned about maintaining the integrity of the historic district.

“It is more important to satisfy individual needs or the needs of the historic district?” he asked. “Each of us is going to be gone in 10, 20, 30, 40 years, but the village will be here.”

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