Sag Harbor Planning Board Postpones West Water Street Hearing

The Sag Harbor Planning Board briefly discussing 2 West Water Street on Tuesday. Christine Sampson photo

The Sag Harbor Planning Board, with a new interim chairman at its helm, on Tuesday rescheduled an anticipated public discussion of developer Jay Bialsky’s proposal for a three-unit condominium development at 2 West Water Street.

Attorney Tiffany Scarlato, representing the developer and his team, explained they are adjusting the plans following last week’s meeting with the village’s Zoning Board of Appeals. Some ZBA members had expressed the view that the project was too big.

“Based on the comments we received from the ZBA, we are making some changes,” Ms. Scarlato said. “I do want the board and the public to be able to comment on the actual plan.”

Jane Holden was the lone commenter on Tuesday. “I sincerely hope people … will think twice before they start getting so negative,” she said. “This is going to be a very positive thing. The building will be maybe slightly bigger than what’s there but it will look a heck of a lot better.”

The board — with Neil Slevin stepping in as interim chairman following the resignation of longtime chair Gregory Ferraris last week — voted to hold open the two public hearings on 2 West Water Street, one on its site plan application and one on its lot line modification, to its September 25 meeting.

Ms. Holden also supported the Christ Episcopal Church’s application for a minor lot line adjustment that would allow it to sell a piece of its land to East Hampton Town via the town’s Community Preservation Fund for $520,000. “It’s a very positive thing for the neighborhood as well as the owners,” she said during the church’s public hearing.

The board directed its attorney to write up a determination for the church’s lot line modification, slated for approval on September 25, a step required for the sale to the town to take place.