Topsoil Arrives at Sag Harbor’s Proposed Waterfront Park Site

Topsoil was delivered and spread October 1 at the 1.25-acre Bialsky property slated to become part of the proposed Steinbeck Waterfront Park in Sag Harbor. Peter Boody photo

Developer Jay Bialsky met another one of the Southampton Town Community Preservation Fund’s conditions for buying the 1.25-acre future site of the proposed John Steinbeck Waterfront Park in Sag Harbor on Monday, October 1, when Steven M. Mezynieski’s Southampton Excavation Co. delivered and spread topsoil on the property.

Mr. Mezynieski is donating the soil, grass seed and site preparation services, according to Sag Harbor Trustee James Larocca, who has spearheaded the park plan. The conditions for the CPF purchase to proceed, he has said, are clearing the parcel, which took place in early August; the spreading of topsoil and the planting of a grassy cover; and a town check of past environmental reviews to assure the site contains no environmental issues.

Another condition is modification of the lot line that separates the parcel from the adjacent property at 2 West Water Street, where Mr. Bialsky has proposed building three condominium units. The lot line change is pending before the Sag Harbor Planning Board.

“This is a very big step this week,” Mr. Larocca said Monday. Once the grass sprouts, “People will be able to see what they’re getting with a nice green cover on it.” He said at least 25 people had commented to him “how great the view is” across the cleared lot.