Foyer Approved for Tutto il Giorno

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Inside Tutto il Giorno in Sag Harbor.

The Sag Harbor Board of Historic Preservation and Architectural Review last Thursday approved a handful of key applications, including a temporary entrance foyer at Tutto il Giorno for the wintertime and an application on Palmer Terrace that had lingered before the board for quite some time.

According to BHPAR documents, the foyer at Tutto il Giorno will measure 8 feet by 4 feet, will have a welded metal frame, and will have black fire-resistant fabric with a clear entry door.

Bill Duffy, a representative of the restaurant, told the board the temporary structure would come down in April, and the board voted 5-0 to approve it.

For 46 Palmer Terrace, which the board first saw in January as a discussion item and later in May as a formal application, an amended set of plans finally found favor with the board. Listed as a contributing house in the village’s historic survey, and described as a “simple cottage” built in 1910, owner Michael Voelker’s architects came up with a plan to locate an addition in the rear of the house, rather than on the sides up in front.

“We’re keeping everything close so that the streetscape doesn’t change,” attorney Brian DeSesa, representing the property, told the board. “We extended the house to the rear with a lower roof pitch.”

The new plan also protects a large oak tree on the property, which pleased the board. “It’s come a long way,” board member Dean Gomolka said, and the BHPAR voted 5-0 to approve the plans.

John Shaka, who serves on the Sag Harbor Planning Board, applied to install solar panels atop his house on Franklin Street. The BHPAR faces multiple restrictions when considering solar panels, including a house’s location in the historic district — which Mr. Shaka’s is — and its status as a contributing house — which Mr. Shaka’s is not. Noting the panels will not be visible from the street, the board approved the solar panels, 5-0.

The BHPAR sent Honey Wolters back to the drawing board when she sought permission to rebuild the garage at her Ackerly Street house, which she said was in such poor shape that it fell down when builder Bill Flanzer attempted to repair it. The board advised them because it was a contributing structure, it would have to be rebuilt to match what was there, which was apparently not reflected in the rendering provided to the board.

“We need an accurate sketch of what you’re going to do,” board chairman Tony Brandt said. “Come back in two weeks with that sketch and I think we can go ahead.”

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