Village Board Takes Step Forward on Long Wharf Plan

A rendering of proposed plans to improve Long Wharf. Courtesy of Edmund Hollander Landscape Architects

The Sag Harbor Village Board of Trustees on Tuesday took a few steps forward on an environmental review of the proposed improvement plan for Long Wharf.

Following a public presentation of the project, during which few comments were made by citizens of the village, the board voted 5-0 to take on a formal analysis under the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act. It’s a standard procedure required for major projects — a process endured, for instance, by the Sag Harbor Cinema Arts Center, the Watchcase Factory condominiums and others.

The board also adopted a “negative declaration” on the wharf project, which means the board believes the project will not have significant negative impacts on the environment. The board also directed its village clerk and engineering consultant, P.W. Grosser, to prepare and advertise bidding documents so that contractors may submit proposals to perform the work.

The project itself is proposed at about $3.8 million, of which $550,000 will come from a state grant. The plan is to strengthen the bulkhead of Long Wharf with new steel; repave with fresh asphalt; add a perimeter park, walkway and railing; add water quality improvement functions; add a fire suppression standpipe; and add landscaping and lighting.

“I think it’s an excellent plan,” said Nada Barry, one of only a few residents in attendance.

According to Paul Boyce, an engineer with P.W. Grosser Consulting Inc., tidal wetlands and water quality certification permits have already been received from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Permit applications have yet to be submitted to the United States Army Corps of Engineers, New York State Department of State and the Village of Sag Harbor itself.

“We are hoping to get this under way after Labor Day of 2019,” Mr. Boyce said. “We’d be hard pressed to get it done by Memorial Day in 2020, a good ten month project. Part of it will be the winter. If you get a nice, mild winter, not a lot of snow, not a lot of ice, great. [The contractor] gets hammered, it will slow them down. There’s a lot of work.”

An earlier version of this article excluded the negative declaration and bidding components of the resolution adopted Tuesday by the Sag Harbor Village Board.