Sag Harbor Review Board Reflects on Windows

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311 Division Street, Sag Harbor. Christine Sampson photo

Historic windows were a clear priority of the Sag Harbor Board of Historic Preservation and Architectural Review on Thursday, with the board choosing to delay action on two new applications so two of its window experts could be present for the discussion.

Acknowledging that historic consultant Zach Studenroth and board member John “Chris” Connor would have a lot to say about it, the review board tabled a discussion of new windows for 39 Howard Street so they could be present for the hearing. Architect Paul Regan, representing Julane Properties LLC and its owner, Juliana Terian, said the new windows “are getting a lot better” than a previous, contemporary window design the board approved in January of 2018.

“We spent a lot of time on this project,” interim board chairman Dean Gomolka said. “I think the neighbors had a lot to say. It was very contentious. I think we’re going to need a little bit of time.”

The review board also tabled another window application, that of Suzanne McNear at 7 Clinton Street. Ms. McNear sought permission to replace a handful of kitchen windows to be able to keep drafts out of the house.

“This is a big issue for us,” Mr. Gomolka said. “We’ll have to have a site meeting with our consultant to take a look at the windows.”

Board alternate Judith Long added, “They may be historic, and you shouldn’t mess with them.”

Ms. McNear urged the board to reconsider.

“The house is so cold,” she said, “and they’re really quite ugly.”

The review board approved changes to a house at 311 Division Street, which originally called for updated windows as well as roofing, siding and trim. Architect Anne Sherry, representing Sag Harbor Main Corp., met with Mr. Studenroth at the house to analyze the windows, many of which were determined to be original.

“The front windows are all remaining and will be restored,” Ms. Sherry told the board on Thursday. Others in the back, which were not in as good condition, will be changed out for newer ones. Additionally, she said, siding will be “patched and repaired in rotted areas. [The owner’s] desire was to replace it all, but he doesn’t object to the idea of repairing.”

“It was a good compromise, plus the windows got saved, which was huge,” Ms. Sherry said.

In other review board news, Debbie Rudoy, who rents the retail space at 127 Main Street, earned approval for a new sign to be mounted on the lawn in front of the store, previously home to Life’style. The new sign indicates the store will now be called “Goldie.” The wooden sign is to be round, 32 inches in diameter, and painted red with a white star in the middle.

A new five-bedroom, six-bathroom house with a finished basement was approved for 38 Meadowlark Lane, but only after the review board asked architect Kathryn Fee to jump through a hoop. She presented certain details on a large poster, which the board wished to put in its record, but could not do so because of the poster’s size and composition. Ms. Fee left the meeting and returned about an hour later with smaller-sized plans.

“It looks fantastic. Thank you very much,” Mr. Gomolka said.

Architect Anthony Vermandois offered updates on two projects he has been hired to design, 24 Rysam Street and 62 John Street.

For 62 John Street, Mr. Vermandois responded to the board’s feedback that the last design was “too fancy, too tall.” The proposed house is about 2,600 square feet.

“This is still in the Georgian style, a little more pared down but with the same basic roof shape and such,” he told the board. “Some of the feedback was that Georgian wasn’t really an appropriate style for this location. We have very little play with that footprint. It’s still going to lend itself to be a fairly square, symmetrical kind of house.”

This time around, the feedback was more favorable, with board member Bethany Deyermond saying, “I think you’re totally going in the right direction. This is much better.”

Previously, Mr. Vermandois received less-than-favorable feedback on 24 Rysam Street, with board member David Berridge comparing the design to a sausage on a bun. Mr. Vermandois updated the plans to keep the front 24 feet of the house the same, reduce the number of shed dormers overall and restrict the remaining ones to only appear on the least-visible side elevation of the house.

“It seems like you pretty much responded to our comments,” board chairman Dean Gomolka said.

The review board tabled the decision to its April 11 meeting so that its historic consultant, Mr. Studenroth, could take a look at the updates.

The board scheduled a public hearing for Sandra Farkas’s house at 14 John Street, a non-historic house in the historic district, where demolition and a new house are proposed. The house is larger than 3,000 square feet, which triggered the need for a mandatory hearing before the review board. It is set for April 25.

Preliminary plans for two new waterfront houses next to each other on Vitali Cilli Avenue, a private road in Redwood, were presented by attorney Brian DeSesa. Both houses would feature swimming pools and retaining walls — which would be screened with ornamental plantings — for septic systems. Both meet Harbor Committee setbacks, with large swaths of naturally planted wetlands buffer on the waterfront. Both would require some measure of relief from the Zoning Board of Appeals.

“They’re two very distinct approaches to the same site,” Mr. Berridge observed.

“We’re looking forward to the details,” Mr. Gomolka said.

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