Zoning Board Seeks Planning Board Input on Parking Variances

The Dock House, located on Long Wharf, is hoping to legalize existing seating and obtain a variance for the associated parking requirements. Christine Sampson photo

The Sag Harbor Village Zoning Board of Appeals on Tuesday bumped two restaurants’ applications over to the village’s planning board for input before granting variances for parking requirements.

One applicant is the Dock House on Long Wharf, which, according to attorney Brian DeSesa, was hoping to legalize 12 seats in its retail space — for which the restaurant has officially been cited with a violation of the village code, because only six seats are currently permitted on its certificate of occupancy. The Dock House then also needed a variance for three parking spaces that would be associated with the 12 extra seats.

“The property only abuts village property,” Mr. DeSesa said. “It’s adjacent to village parking. While it’s not reserved for anybody, there is space there. We can’t buy spaces, we can’t create more spaces, so the only way to accomplish this is to come before the board.”

Board chairman Tim McGuire said, “the village has started getting a little stricter about these things,” and noted the fact that it is one of the rare eateries in Sag Harbor that is that close to a municipal lot. “That brings some benefit,” he said.

The other application, technically still just an early pitch for a restaurant, sought a variance for five parking spaces. Proposed as a take-out noodle spot called Hamptons Hawaiian Saimin Shop, it also needs a variance to open in what is currently a 472-square-foot storage garage at 51 Division Street, next to the Sag Harbor Baking Company.

“We’re full-time residents of Sag Harbor and excited to bring in some new cuisine,” said Jessica Taccone, co-owner of the business, who appeared at the meeting with the other owner, Drei Donnelly. “We know the parking is at a premium in town, but one of the perks is walkability.”

ZBA attorney Denise Schoen noted the proposed restaurant would need site plan approval through the planning board as well as a possible review through the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act.

A storage garage at 51 Division Street could become home to a take-out noodle restaurant called Hamptons Hawaiian Saimin Shop, but needs some variances and site plan approval first. Christine Sampson photo