Sag Harbor Puts Brakes on Morpurgo House Hearing

Heller - Morpurgo House
The Morpurgo House, adjacent to the John Jermain Memorial Library. Michael Heller photo.

As expected the Sag Harbor Village Board of Trustees on Tuesday took a wait-and-see approach once again to the long derelict Morpurgo house at 6 Union Street.

The board had scheduled a hearing to hear comments on its proposal to order the abandoned housed demolished, but the brakes were put on those plans when the board learned late last month that the property would be put up for auction at Southampton Town Hall on Friday, June 24, at 10 a.m.

“We’ll hold off to see if there is a successful bidder at the auction,” said Mayor Sandra Schroeder. The board agreed to send a representative to the auction, where the minimum bid will be approximately $1.1 million.

The board is expected to reconvene the hearing next month, unless a buyer comes forward with a plan to renovate the house.

In other news, the Sag Harbor Village Board on Tuesday approved Police Chief Austin J. McGuire’s request that the village solicit bids for a 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe that was totaled in an accident in March.

The accident occurred when an officer, responding to a report of an erratic driver, pulled out from Union Street with emergency lights on and collided with a northbound vehicle driven by a youth, who told a reporter he was planning to take his road test the very next day. His mother was a passenger in the vehicle. There were no injuries.

The Tahoe suffered substantial front-end damage and can be yours for a minimum bid of $4,000.