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The Greenport Village Planning Board approved both a three-story hotel on the corner of Front and Third streets and a subdivision of the former Greenport United Methodist Church property.

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A plan to convert the former Greenport United Methodist Church into residential lots met with opposition during a public hearing last Thursday night before the Greenport Village Planning Board.

Chris Dowling of First Street said he was disappointed that the village’s historic commission would “let somebody knock down a 1920s structure for personal gain.” The developer, James Olinkiewicz, plans to remove an addition that was built over nine decades ago.

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04/21/17 5:58am
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In an attempt to address the concerns of the Greenport Village Planning Board, the developers behind a proposed hotel on the corner of Front and Third streets have agreed to make adjustments to their existing plans.

Those changes include adding planters and trees to improve the landscaping, widening a delivery ramp and rerouting the loading zone to the east on the property.

“It looks like you made all changes we requested,” said Planning Board chairman Devin McMahon, who offered support for the proposal and said it will likely be voted on at the board’s May 4 meeting. “I think this layout makes a little more sense.”

Additionally, the Planning Board discussed setting restrictions on use of a proposed rooftop bar. Dan Pennessi of SAKD Holdings, the company behind the proposal, said that space would only be open to hotel guests.

A 60-seat restaurant would be on the ground level of the proposed building and 16 hotel rooms would be located on a second and third level.

Originally proposed in Nov. 2015, the building plans received numerous variances from the Zoning Board of Appeals this past December.

The proposed building, which would sit at the southeast corner of Front and Third streets, had six variances approved and moved forward with just 10 off-street parking spaces rather than the 30 required under the village code.

The other five variances approved by the ZBA in December included a request to allow a third story on the building, for lot coverage 1.6 percent over the code limit, and building height variances to allow for an air conditioning unit, elevator bulkhead and a trellis above the 35-foot maximum allowed under the code.

Neighboring businesses raised concerns that hotel guests would park in their lots since the proposal doesn’t include adequate parking and sits on less than a third of an acre.

Mr. Pennessi said at a March Planning Board meeting that they’ve shrunk the proposed building by about 1,000 square feet in response to these concerns, and that a traffic study done for the project indicated it will have little impact on traffic and parking.

Photo Caption: Dan Pennessi, president of SAKD Holdings, at Thursday’s planning board meeting (Credit: Nicole Smith).

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04/03/17 2:04pm
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The owner of a Mattituck cheese shop who plans to expand his business into Greenport will need to submit more information to the Planning Board before it formally accept his application.

Michael Affatato of the Village Cheese Shop on Love Lane plans to open on Front Street in Greenport.

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Front Street hotel

Representatives of the Sterlington Commons shopping center and the Burton Potter American Legion Post on Third Street raised concerns at a Greenport Planning Board work session last Thursday that patrons of a hotel and restaurant proposed for the corner of Third and Front Streets would use up their parking.

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12/06/12 3:10pm
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JENNIFER GUSTAVSON FILE PHOTO | The Greenport Village planning board meets tonight at 5 p.m.

The Greenport Village planning board is expected to discuss a site plan application for 510 Madison Avenue, a residential property that has been vacant for several years.

According to tonight’s agenda, James Olinkiewicz plans to build a two-family structure at the site where overgrown weeds, beer cans and garbage have surrounded an unfinished foundation. The village put a $6,000 lien on the property to compensate for the cost of excavating the foundation and filling it in with sand, as well as cleaning up the site.

In addition to Mr. Olinkiewicz’s application, the planning board is likely to vote the final site approval for Blue Canoe Oyster Bar and Grill.

Scroll down to view the complete agenda. Read more in the Dec. 13 issue of The Suffolk Times in both our print and electronic editions.

Greenport Village planning board agenda

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Stirling Square in Greenport.

Stirling Square in Greenport.

Update: Greenport Village Planning Board members like a proposal to construct an inn at Stirling Square.

The historic plaza’s new owner, Brent Pelton, came before the board Thursday night and got the go-ahead to submit his plans to the village.

He looking to build a five-room inn above the former “Main” restaurant, the plaza’s anchor building. (more…)

03/06/12 5:18pm
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JULIE LANE FILE PHOTO | Greenport Farmers Market organizer Lara McNeil serves soup on Oct. 15, when the market closed for the season.

Lara McNeil has stepped down from her position on Greenport’s Planning Board, but says her decision has nothing to do with the difficulties she recently encountered in seeking to open the Greenport Farmers Market on village property.

Ms. McNeil, who served as chairwoman, said she resigned March 1 after serving for five years because the combination of running the market, work and studying to become a registered dietitian made her feel “tapped out.”

The decision wasn’t a result of the Village Board’s decision to increase permit fees for the market’s use of a municipal parking lot to $2,500 for the season, she said. Over the weekend Ms. McNeil announced an agreement to move the market to the Greenport United Methodist Church at 624 Main St. north of the downtown commercial district.

“I made a strong effort to keep the market separate from the Planning Board,” Ms. McNeil said. “I enjoyed serving on the Planning Board and I hope to serve the village in some capacity in the future. I just can’t do it right now.”

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10/05/12 10:00am
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JENNIFER GUSTAVSON PHOTO | The Greenport Village Planning Board approved Thursday a site plan for 620 Second Street.

The Greenport Village Planning Board approved Thursday a site plan for 620 Second St. that was destroyed by a fire in 2008.

The Planning Board approved the plan, 4-0. The Rev. Ben Burns was absent from the meeting.

The housing alliance, a Greenport-based group that finds affordable housing for low-income residents, has owned the house since 1993. It also owns the property next door at 618 Second St. The home on that site also burned in the August 2008 blaze and was subsequently demolished.

Although severely damaged, the house at 620 Second St. was initially spared because the NFHA believed the three-family structure could be saved.

Renovation work began in February — nearly three and a half years after the fire — once the village cited NFHA and ordered it to stabilize the structure.

Shortly after construction began, work ceased because engineers found that the structure couldn’t be saved.
The NFHA then determined the charred shell of a house couldn’t be salvaged and demolished the structure in May.

Garrett Strang, a Southold-based architect who was hired to design the houses, spoke prior to the vote and said his new site plan places three parking spaces at the rear of the property. The change was made after the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals expressed displeasure with the original plan to place the parking area at the front of the house.

Village officials said construction could start today since the site plan has been approved.

Read more about this story on Oct. 11 in The Suffolk Times.

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