Jefferson Street Developer Earns Approval for Porch

The house at 5 Jefferson Street in Sag Harbor's historic district. Christine Sampson photo

Developer Mitch Winston on Thursday earned approval from the Sag Harbor Board of Historic Preservation and Architectural Review to rebuild the back porch and deck behind his latest redevelopment project in the village at 5 Jefferson Street.

An earlier iteration of the plans for the house included complete removal of that porch and deck, in anticipation that a swimming pool could be built, Mr. Winston’s architect, Anthony Vermandois, said on Thursday. The original BHPAR approval for the basic renovations came on May 24.

On Monday, Mr. Vermandois said the plans for the swimming pool were abandoned after the Sag Harbor Zoning Board of Appeals declined to grant variances for the pool at 5 Jefferson, saying the lot was too small for a pool.

Mr. Winston and Mr. Vermandois returned to the BHPAR last week seeking approval to rebuild the first-floor porch and second-floor deck, which are both approximately 5 feet by 18 feet attached to the back of the house. The staircase that originally connected them will not be rebuilt. The board voted 5-0 to approve the newest set of plans.

Mr. Winston — the same developer who had purchased 6 Union Street, the Morpurgo house, at auction late in 2016 and sold it in the summer of 2017 before the bulk of restoration work could be completed — at one point had sought permission from the BHPAR to demolish 5 Jefferson Street. The board refused, as it is considered an historic house.

“We started doing a little internal demolition,” Mr. Vermandois said Monday. “The house is in better condition than we thought it would be. Hopefully it will turn out to be like a mini 6 Union Street.”