The Sag Harbor Village Board will meet at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 31, to hold a hearing on whether the dilapidated Morpurgo house on Union Street, just behind the John Jermain Memorial Library, should be demolished.
The house, formerly owned by Annselm and Helga Morpurgo until 2007, is abandoned and in a state of advanced disrepair, according to the village’s senior building inspector, Tom Prieato, who, in a letter to the village board in March, documented holes in the walls and floors, a chimney in danger of collapse, and other serious structural problems.
Mr. Prieato has recommended that those portions of the building that are in danger of collapse should be removed; that openings should be sealed with plywood; the grounds cleared of debris; an open septic system covered; and that the building’s owner consider applying for a demolition permit to tear down the entire building.
The house is owned by Captain Hulbert House, LLC, and the village has been stepping up its efforts in recent years in a bid to force the owners to either preserve the house or demolish it. In early 2015, the owners erected a chain-link fence around the premises, but nothing else has been done.