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Historic Sustainability

Readers might recall that, after years of waiting, Elizabeth Dow finally got the go ahead to purchase the former Sag Harbor United Methodist Church and convert it into a design studio. Now she's hoping to bring it into the 21st century by going green. The Sag Harbor Historic Preservation and Architectural Review Board pre-approved her request for the installation of photovoltaic shingles on the roof of the historic church. Normally, the ARB must deny any requests to historic buildings that are visible from the street, but because the shingles similar in size and thickness to traditional asphalt shingles?they won't change the look of the church?everything is A-OK. [Previously, Sag Harbor Express]