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Meeting set with new owner of 123 Sterling Ave. in Greenport

 A public information meeting will be held Saturday, May 18, at 4 p.m. at the Third Street firehouse regarding the decade-old condominium application for 123 Sterling Ave. in Greenport. 

The property was recently sold to Paul Pawlowski and his partner Kenny Ballato and they are seeking public feedback on development plans for the parcel, according to Trustee Mary Bess Phillips.

The village has no role in the meeting other than to secure the site, she said. 

A site plan for that location goes back as far as 2003 and was approved in 2007 following a lengthy legal battle with neighbors, who had filed a suit challenging earlier approvals. The case eventually ended in a legal settlement.  

The approved site plan called for a three-story, 45,000-square-foot building, with the first floor capable of being divided into 10 or more individual offices or marine-related businesses. 

The second and third stories were approved for 17 residential condominiums, 12 of which would be sold at market rate. The remaining five units were to be sold at affordable rates only to people who have lived or worked in Greenport Village or the Greenport School District for at least two years.

Richard Raskin, a principal in former property owner 123 Sterling LLC, told the Suffolk Times last year that they had been considering scaling back the commercial uses previously approved for the site. 

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