Cinema Proposes Screening for Rooftop Equipment

A rendering showing how a proposed white screen will look on the roof of the Sag Harbor Cinema Arts Center, as seen from the mini-mall enclave off Main Street.

The Sag Harbor Cinema Arts Center proposed a solid white screen to cover up the mechanicals on the roof of its building at 90 Main Street at the December 12 meeting of the Historic Preservation and Architectural Review Board.

The panel, whose chairman said it has been deluged with a torrent of emails complaining about the heating and air-conditioning equipment, did not give it a thumbs up, calling instead for a site meeting up on the roof with the project’s construction, engineering and architectural personnel.

Board chairman Dean Gomolka repeated his complaint that the plans for the building that were submitted to, and approved by, the board did not indicate that the equipment would be there. He said the board has faced a barrage of criticism from residents who have assumed the board had given its blessing to the rooftop array of metal structures and ductwork.

Board member David Berridge said he wanted to be convinced the mechanicals can’t be lowered or moved so that the proposed screening — which would add to the apparent mass of the structure — wouldn’t be necessary.

A more complete report on the presentation will appear in the December 19 edition of the Sag Harbor Express.