Sag Pizza, West Water Street Condos Take Steps Forward

A view of Sag Pizza as seen on June 27, 2018. Gavin Menu photo

Two of the most eagerly anticipated developments in Sag Harbor Village, a new pizzeria on Main Street and a condominium development on the waterfront, both inched forward on Tuesday with actions taken by the Sag Harbor Planning Board.

Sag Pizza, the successor to Conca D’Oro, earned a special exception use permit from the planning board for outdoor dining, an amenity that Conca D’Oro did not have. The board okayed up to 16 outside seats, which would be subtracted from its indoor seating capacity of 75 — a limit imposed by zoning regulations pertaining to parking for Sag Harbor businesses.

While the new restaurant still has to get approval from the Sag Harbor Village Board of Trustees for seats that may be situated on village property, Sag Pizza now has the ability to open its doors with some seating on the outdoor portion of its own lot.

The planning board previously approved Sag Pizza’s site plan, including a new bar, but could not approve the permit for outdoor seating until both the building inspector and the fire marshal signed off on it.

“They both conclude that the outdoor seating is acceptable,” planning board attorney Denise Schoen said Tuesday.

Chris DiSunno, an architect working on the Sag Pizza project, said Wednesday the pizzeria is “very close” to wrapping up its renovations, and could open as early as next week.

“We had to put in a new grease trap to satisfy Sag Harbor Village,” he said. “As soon as that is done we’re pretty close to opening the doors. It’s mostly just paperwork at this point. We’ve got to get our certificate of occupancy from the building inspector and that’s it.”

The proposed condominiums at 2 West Water Street, to be situated on the waterfront property newly purchased by developer Jay Bialsky from Greystone Development, will benefit from an amended environmental review unanimously approved Tuesday by the planning board.

Instead of starting over with a new process under the State Environmental Quality Review Act, the board slightly changed the conclusions drawn from the Greystone review it adopted in May of 2017. It maintained the “negative declaration,” meaning it won’t have a significant impact on the environment. The difference involved the installation of a bulkhead as recommended by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, rather than a sloped easement.

“The application is considerably less in density, as well as reduced in dockage,” board chairman Gregory Ferraris said.

The board also set an August 28 public hearing on the site plan review and a lot line modification that would set the stage for the creation of the John Steinbeck Waterfront Park, to be situated along the Ferry Road side of the property.

Also on the August 28 docket will be a hearing on a minor lot line change at 5 Hampton Street, the Christ Episcopal Church, which would allow a sale of vacant property to East Hampton Town for preservation of open space. The board adopted a negative declaration on that, too, to indicate such a change would not impact the environment.

The board also approved a subdivision of a 44,751-square-foot property at 48 Lincoln Street into two separate lots. One will be 22,344 square feet, and the other will be 22,407 square feet. For each lot, the developer, listed as 48 Lincoln Holdings LLC, has proposed a single-family house with garage, pool, new septic system, patio and deck. New York Department of State Records show developer Bruce Bronster is a principal in 48 Lincoln Holdings LLC, as well as at least 10 other properties in Sag Harbor.