In March, Sag Harbor Village officials unveiled plans for a new waterfront park to be named after former resident John Steinbeck. The park was to include two beaches, a fishing pier, a boardwalk, a path under the bridge to North Haven, benches along walking trails, a playground, and even a stage shaped like a scallop shell. The only problem was that the village didn’t own most of the land to be used for the park, and the owners, East End Ventures, have said they don't want to sell. In December, Greystone Property Development, which is working on the project with East End Ventures, released renderings by Robert AM Stern Architects for a condo project.
New renderings of the project released by Greystone, now named 2 West Water Street, show a far-scaled back complex on the 2.33-acre site, usually called the 1-800-LAWYERS building after a former tenant. The site plan also includes the planned Steinbeck Park. Quoted in the Sag Harbor Express, local attorney Dennis Downes, representing the developer, said, "The reason why we are amending our application is because the trustees have expressed an interest in acquiring as much of the property as possible. We’ve been trying to work with them so that we can create a park, a big green area, and concentrate all of the construction on the 2 West Water Street property, which everyone refers to as 1-800-LAWYERS."
The 1-800-LAWYERS building would be demolished and a 13-unit, 33,000 square foot condo structure take its place. The rendering show a coastal, Greek-Revival style of building that would blend well with Sag Harbor architecture.
Is this the compromise that would make everyone happy? Some new condos along with the new park? We’ll see what happens.