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Jun 30, 2015 11:29 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Proposed Pool House To Take The Place Of The Dominy Shops In East Hampton Village

Jun 30, 2015 5:01 PM

The future of two Dominy workshops, historic structures from the 18th century that were used by craftsmen in the Dominy family, was settled last year when they were donated to the Village of East Hampton, which plans to relocate them.

However, the future of the private property on which they still sit, at 62 Further Lane, has now come into question.

The 8.6-acre property, which has an oceanfront house on it, was sold last year as part of a $147 million combined purchase of three separate estates located at 60, 62, and 64 Further Lane. It was said to be the most expensive sale of its kind in the country.

The owner of the property at 62 Further Lane LLC is asking for permission from the Zoning Board of Appeals to construct an accessory structure of the same size and in approximately the same location as the Dominy buildings, which were used for woodworking and clock-making.

The accessory structure would be used as a pool house and is proposed to be in a more conforming location than the Dominy workshops, set back 6.7 feet from the side-yard property line instead of the current 5.7 feet. Even so, the setback requirement under the current village code is 55 feet.

The applicant is also seeking a variance for the gross floor area of the pool house, which would be 650 square feet. It is well above the maximum 250 square feet permitted for an accessory structure on a property.

The proposed pool house would have two rooms on the first floor, in addition to a basement, and it would be 16 feet high. Under the village code, an accessory structure is allowed only one room and a maximum height of 14 feet. However, the existing workshops themselves are 650 square feet, 16 feet high, and have three rooms, a bathroom, a basement, and a crawl space.

The proposed plans for the pool house do not include a request for variances for sleeping quarters or kitchen facilities, and propose only two rooms on the ground floor as opposed to four.

The applicant is asking for another variance for a 261-foot retaining wall that will be set back 8 feet from the western side yard property line.

“This is part of a process that will eventually lead to a relocation of this historical structure on village property, and I think the benefit is quite obvious here, Leonard Ackerman, the attorney for the applicant, said at Friday’s Zoning Board of Appeals meeting. “I don’t believe the variances requested are substantial.”

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