ZBA Has Short List of West Water Street Concerns

ZBA January 17, 2017

Zoning Board Attorney Denise Schoen, standing at left, confers with board member Scott Baker, standing at right, during Tuesday’s meeting. Christine Sampson photo

By Christine Sampson

The Sag Harbor Zoning Board of Appeals on Tuesday opened a dialogue with the Sag Harbor Planning Board on Greystone Development Corp.’s proposed condominium complex at 2 West Water Street, a luxury waterfront development project formerly known as 1, 3 and 5 Ferry Road.

The ZBA directed its attorney, Denise Schoen, to draft a letter to the Planning Board articulating a handful of questions and concerns about Greystone’s proposal.

Consultants for Greystone recently told the Planning Board the firm’s latest proposal is for a subdivision of the 1.94-acre parcel into two separate parcels, one measuring .69 acres and another measuring 1.25 acres. On the smaller parcel, Greystone has proposed a three-story, L-shaped building with an underground parking garage and 13 residential units, with 13 boat slips nearby. The exact future of the other parcel remains to be determined, though village parkland could be its ultimate destiny, whether through purchase by the village or another entity. The Sag Harbor Planning Board is currently wading through its environmental review of Greystone’s proposal after declaring itself the lead agency on the study on December 27. It will meet next on January 24, where the board is expected to discuss the project.

Among the ZBA’s concerns is the capacity of the village’s sewage treatment plant.

“Even though certainly the Planning Board will go over point by point everything required by SEQRA, I have a specific concern about our sewage treatment plant,” ZBA Chairman Tim McGuire said during Tuesday’s meeting. “Regardless of new units that are put in, the treatment plant always seems to be determined that there’s not going to be any problems with it. We’ve added 70 to 80 condos in the last couple of years. I would ask the Planning Board if it isn’t time to hire someone to take a serious look at that sewage treatment plan specifically as far as SEQRA for this project.”

Mr. McGuire also said he is concerned about additional flooding, and that Greystone will be making a contribution to the Sag Harbor Community Housing Trust.

ZBA member Robert Plumb said he would have liked to address the issue of what becomes of the 1.25-acre parcel that has been suggested as parkland. However, Ms. Schoen said, the condominium proposal has to be evaluated separately from whatever parkland project is put forth. She did note that an easement could be put on the parcel specifying its use as parkland, regardless of whoever ultimately obtains the property, be it the village, the Peconic Land Trust, or another entity.

ZBA member Scott Baker asked the letter to the Planning Board include a request to ensure the project complies with fire codes, and specifically to determine whether fire walls will be installed.

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