Sag Harbor Planning Board to Hold Hearing on Cinema Next Month

A side view of the proposed rebuilding of the Sag Harbor Cinema recently presented to the Sag Harbor Board of Historic Preservation and Architectural Review. Image courtesy Allen Kopelson of NK Architects

The community will have a chance to weigh in on the Sag Harbor Partnership’s proposed Sag Harbor Cinema Arts Center project during a public hearing. That hearing is set to take place during the March 27 meeting of the Sag Harbor Planning Board at 5:30 p.m. in the village’s municipal meeting room.

The cinema project has been making its way through the village’s regulatory boards for the past few months.

During the planning board’s meeting Tuesday, attorney Denise Schoen offered to prepare a draft of a final approval of the site plan application for the next meeting. The board — minus its chairman, Gregory Ferraris, who had recused himself from the cinema discussion — agreed that would be a good idea.

The planning board in January signed off on a state-mandated review of the project that certified the rebuilding of the cinema will not have any significant environmental impacts, and last week, the Sag Harbor Zoning Board of Appeals agreed in a straw poll to grant several variances needed for the Sag Harbor Partnership to advance its plans.

If the board approves the cinema’s site plan application, all that would remain is approval from the Board of Historic Preservation and Architectural Review. That board has already informally reviewed the project a handful of times and has given generally favorable feedback.

“So far, we haven’t received any sort of objection to the plan, and we are hopeful that the same will continue with the planning board,” attorney Christopher Kelley, who represents the Sag Harbor Partnership, said Wednesday. “We are hopeful that are our approvals will come in March because there is some grant money that we are working on at stake, so we are trying to get our building permit as soon as possible.”