Planning Board Hears Vision for Shored-Up Long Wharf

Long Wharf in Sag Harbor. Kathryn G. Menu photo
Long Wharf in Sag Harbor. Kathryn G. Menu photo

By Christine Sampson

Conditions at Long Wharf are deteriorating, an environmental engineering consultant told the Sag Harbor Planning Board on Tuesday, but a plan is in place to rejuvenate the aging waterfront facility with a host of structural and safety fixes.

Jenny Lund of P.W. Grosser Consulting, Inc., broke down approximately $3 million in improvements that are largely dependent upon grant funding for which the village has submitted applications, and for which decisions are expected in December.

The proposal would maintain the 98 parking spaces at their current size, but would decrease the width of the driving aisles slightly, so as to allow for widening of the pedestrian walkways around the perimeter.

Most notably, while the steel bulkhead is in “fair condition” overall, Ms. Lund said, the steel coating on the bulkhead has failed. She said that was noted on a village report in 2010 but nothing had been done about it. There is also “extensive scaling, rust, and failure of the existing epoxy coating throughout the atmospheric and splash zones.”

“The corrosion is more on a global scale,” she said.

As part of the plans, a handful of steps would be taken to improve water quality in the harbor. Because much stormwater currently runs off the wharf into the harbor during heavy rains, engineers have proposed the installation of a stormwater treatment unit below the asphalt. It would remove sediment, debris and hydrocarbons from the water before it is discharged into the harbor.

Around the perimeter of Long Wharf, a handful of safety improvements are proposed.

The current perimeter walking area of 5.3 feet wide, comprised of asphalt that Ms. Lund said is uneven and cracking, would be replaced by a promenade that would be 8.5 feet wide and comprised of wood or composite decking.

She also said a 42-inch-tall railing would be erected around the perimeter of the pedestrian walkway, where none currently exists. Bollard lighting, which projects lighting onto the ground below without projecting any light into the sky above, would be added for safety along the perimeter at the north end of Long Wharf. The promenade would be separated from the parking area by a 3.3-foot-wide planting strip and concrete curb.

The wharf would also be repaved, replacing the uneven, cracked asphalt that Ms. Lund said is currently in place. A fire suppression standpipe would be added directly to the north of the Dock House restaurant. Currently, the only one on the wharf is located on the south end of the wharf.

Planning board chairman Gregory Ferraris noted the village does not need the board’s approval to move forward with the Long Wharf revitalization project, but said the village did request its feedback. He instructed his fellow board members to review the proposal during the next few weeks to be able to provide comments at the next planning board meeting, set for December 26.

“As many of us know, this has been in the works for about 20 years at this point, and it’s certainly warranted to move forward,” Mr. Ferraris said. “Hopefully the grant applications are successful. I think we’re all in favor of this in general.”