11/21/14 1:00pm
11/21/2014 1:00 PM
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…)

12/24/13 12:00pm
12/24/2013 12:00 PM

CYNDI MURRAY PHOTO | Greenport resident John Saladino voices concern about the new alternate positions during the Village Board’s regular meeting Monday night.

The Village Board has created two alternate positions within the planning board and zoning board of appeals.

During the Village Board’s regular meeting Monday night, Mayor David Nyce said the four alternates are expected to vote on applications only if a regular member decides to recuse himself or herself for having a personal or business relationship with an applicant.

Prior to the Village Board passing a resolution to create the alternate positions, ZBA member David Corwin said he disagreed with the decision and questioned the need for extra board members.

“When a new member comes in, it really takes a few months to get up to speed,” Mr. Corwin said during the public comment portion of the meeting. “I really don’t see it working that well.”

Greenport resident John Saladino also criticized the move and described it as “an elaborate solution to a non-existent problem.”

“It almost like your stacking the boards,” he said. “There is a five man board. It’s always been that way.”

Mr. Nyce said the new positions were created after the chairs of both the planning and ZBA boards expressed concerns that some board members have a conflict of interest with pending application hearings. He did not say which applications are expected to have conflicts with board members.

Despite the reasoning to appoint alternates, Mr. Nyce cast the lone dissenting vote.

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11/18/13 1:58pm
11/18/2013 1:58 PM

JENNIFER GUSTAVSON PHOTO | Greenport Planning Board chair Linnea Atkinson-Loveless (center) is stepping down from the position.

A little more than a year after first being appointed to the Greenport Planning Board, chairperson Linnea Atkinson-Loveless is resigning from the position.

Ms. Loveless, who joined the board in September 2012, said that she was vacating the position after making the decision to sell her home and move out of Greenport. She said the village was aware of her intentions when she was given the job.

“When they took me on last year I told them I could only serve for about a year because I am selling my home,” Ms. Loveless said.

Currently the village does not have a candidate in mind to fill the remaining four years of Ms. Loveless’ term, Village Administrator David Abatelli said in a phone interview Monday.

Planning Board members are now charged with appointing a new chairperson, Mr. Abatelli said. Traditionally the board member with the most years service becomes chairperson, however since all the members were appointed at the same time last year it is unclear who will become chair. Other members include Pat Mundus, Peter Jaquet, Devin McMahon, and Ben Burns.

“We’re always saddened to see people leave the board especially people that are hard working and passionate like Ms. Loveless,” Mr. Abatelli said.

The mayor is expected to make an appointment within the upcoming weeks, Mr. Abatelli said.

08/06/13 4:00pm
08/06/2013 4:00 PM

A new vintage goods shop is in the works for downtown Greenport.

The Village Planning board voted unanimously to approve a site plan for the store during last Thursday’s regular session.

Applicant Michael Sweigart, the current owner of the property, located at 429 Main Street, plans to convert the 3,000-square-foot space into a first-floor retail shop and second-floor apartment.

Village administrator Dave Abatelli said Mr. Sweigart’s daughter will live in the apartment and operate the store, which will reportedly sell vintage clothing and other antique items. The building, often referred to as the old Suffolk Times building, was home to the newspaper until the spring of 1988. It has mostly served as an art gallery since then.

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