NSWF aims to ‘pour concrete’ this fall in New Suffolk

The former Galley Ho across the street from Legends and Summer Girl boutique on First Street’s New Suffolk Waterfront Fund land. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
The former Galley Ho on First Street in New Suffolk. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

New Suffolk Waterfront Fund leaders believe they’re just days away from getting the approvals needed from state, county and town agencies in order to get their site plan OK’d by the Southold Town Planning Board.

The nonprofit group is looking to relocate and renovate the old Galley Ho building and establish an up to 66-seat restaurant in the building, which after a small addition would total 1,725 square feet.

Waterfront Fund chairwoman Patricia McIntyre told town planners Monday that the group is so confident it will acquire permits from the county health department, state Department of Environmental Conservation and the town Board of Trustees, she was hoping for a special meeting before the Planning Board’s Nov. 3 meeting.

Planning officials told Ms. McIntyre they would still need the extra time and expected to put the application up for a vote on Nov. 3.

“If you get everything here by the end of this week, it’s doable on Nov. 3,” Planning Board chairman Donald Wilcenski said during Monday evening’s work session. “If not, maybe we could have a special meeting the week after.”

“We’ve done everything we needed to do,” Ms. McIntye said after the meeting.

The plan, which has been met with resistance from some area business owners and other New Suffolk residents, also calls for a new septic system and other, more aesthetic additions. The existing barn on the property, which is between 1st Street and the bay, is being moved off-site.

No one who’s been opposed to the project was at the work session, which contains no opportunities for public comment.

In the meantime, Waterfront Fund officials also got the nod to put up some fencing on the property for security purposes.

If the plan is approved, the Waterfront Fund would need to acquire building permits to start work.

“It’s our hope to pour concrete and do the foundation before the weather,” said Barbara Schnitzler, a former Waterfront Fund chairwoman who’s been involved in planning efforts for the project.

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