New Suffolk home rises anew after Sandy

02/24/2013 10:00 AM |

BETH YOUNG PHOTO | The house on Kimogenor Point in New Suffolk being replaced with new construction.

After several months in which the top floor and roof of a house on Kimogenor Point in New Suffolk stood on cribbing awaiting word on its fate from the Southold building department, workers have begun rebuilding the house in earnest.

The Kimogenor Point Company, a co-op that owns the private peninsula and the houses on it, submitted plans to the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals last year to demolish the building and rebuild a new house meeting modern codes.

The ZBA said no to demolition but granted permission for an expansion and renovation of the existing structure. The ZBA last reviewed the project in November, when the property owners learned they would need to move it from its existing foundation and place it on pilings to meet new post-Hurricane Sandy FEMA regulations.

In the weeks following the ZBA’s review, the pilings were set and the bottom portion of the house mysteriously vanished, leaving just the top fl oor. It stayed that way for more than a month, while the building department was scheduled to determine whether 25 percent of the structure was remaining. If less than 25 percent was left, it would be considered non-conforming and could not be rebuilt.

All building inspectors in the building department were away at a New York State Association of Towns conference this week and were unavailable for comment.

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