Pictured Above: Sag Harbor’s 7-Eleven is slated to close this month as part of a massive redevelopment proposed for the village’s waterfront.
Editor’s Note: The Village of Sag Harbor is holding a public meeting Friday afternoon, April 23 at 3 p.m. to “discuss Sag Harbor’s Waterfront Development Plans and hear the comments and concerns of the community” at the John Steinbeck Waterfront Park at the foot of the bridge. Here’s more info.
Dear Friends of Sag Harbor,
Our village is looking at a crisis of mammoth proportions.
We suggest that people flood Village Hall with phone calls tomorrow during the Municipal Building’s hours of operation. The Mayor is in on Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 631.725.0222.
Issues of importance and contention for ourselves and many people are:
• The use of Bay Street Theater as a Trojan horse for developers, under the name Friends of Bay Street (formerly Friends of Bay Street and Sag Harbor Re-Development) to gain a foothold in the Village
• The scale and height of the new Bay Street Theater will create a wall at the end of the village that will largely remove the view of the harbor and the new Steinbeck Park from the public.
• The purchase or attempted purchase by the developer’s representative, Adam Potter, of all of the buildings on Rose Street, the one freestanding building on Bridge Street, the Dodds and Eder building, the Laundromat, White’s Pharmacy, People’s Bank (formerly Suffolk County National Bank), Apple Bank, and the old Railroad building on the Sag Harbor Garden Center Property. In addition, the “blue ball” parking lot has been leased by the developers, in spite of the Village’s need for parking for employees of Main Street shops. Your taxes will make up the shortfall if we lose these businesses.
• The change of use of what had been an Office District by the waterfront to a retail area, which would allow more luxury goods stores to be established. The Village may have the will to stop this, but it is not a done deal.
• Finally, the need for an eternal lack of a Comprehensive Master Plan on the part of the Village that could help control development and protect the Village from such gross overdevelopment. Our suggested text for your call is: Hello, my name is ________ and I’m calling about the developers behind “Friends of Bay Street” buying up our village under our noses. Their representative, Adam Potter, needs to be discouraged from this plan of action and the Village needs a Comprehensive Master Plan in place to prevent this now and from ever happening again. We need our elected officials to stop this rapaciousness before we lose the place we love forever.
Thank you for taking the time to stand up for our Village. Feel free to forward.
April Gornik, Dee Hart, and Lorraine Dusky