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Oct 11, 2018 4:32 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Sag Harbor Village Board Gets Update On Long Wharf Rehabilitation Project

The deteriorating steel bulkhead of Long Wharf in Sag Harbor. JON WINKLER
Oct 15, 2018 10:51 AM

The Sag Harbor Village Board and attending village residents got a detailed look at plans for the long-discussed Long Wharf rehabilitation project on Tuesday night, October 9.

Paul Boyce, president of P.W. Grosser Consulting, presented elements of the project meant to revitalize the nearly 250-year-old boardwalk/dock/parking lot.

He broke down the project into seven elements: installing a new section of the wharf’s steel bulkhead, removing and replacing the wharf’s asphalt surface, installing drainage units to improve water quality, expanding the perimeter promenade, adding a small park to the north end of the wharf, installing a perimeter railing, adding a landscape island and lighting, and installing a fire suppression standpipe.

“We’re trying to make corrections and improvements based on suggestions we got from the public,” Mr. Boyce said.

Mr. Boyce said that the current bulkhead has failed due to extensive scaling, corrosion and failure of the existing epoxy coating. The new steel sheets to be installed will be 18 inches closer to the water than the current bulkhead and could last more than 50 years with the right amount of maintenance.

Meanwhile, the wharf’s current asphalt surface is cracking behind the dock’s steel sheeting, requiring a repaving. Mr. Boyce said that the parking configuration of the repaved wharf would still have parking spaces designed at 45-degree angles; however, the width of the wharf’s drive aisle will be decreased from 28 to 26 feet, and the number of parking spaces will decrease from 98 to 94 spaces. Mr. Boyce said the removal of parking spaces was meant to add 28 feet for the planned park at the north end of the wharf.

Mr. Boyce went on to talk about the two water filtration units proposed to be installed to remove sediments from surface water entering the harbor. The sediments are found in stormwater and surface water runoff. Mr. Boyce said that the two units would be installed below the asphalt with manhole covers to access them for required routine maintenance.

“Once we start accumulating stuff, you have to maintain the units to suck the stuff out,” Mr. Boyce said.

The current wharf’s perimeter walking area is 5.3 feet wide and is made of uneven, cracked asphalt. Mr. Boyce’s presentation showed the proposed promenade would be expanded to 8 feet wide and 1,235 feet long. The north end of the wharf would also have a 40-foot-long park separated by a wooden guardrail.

Additionally, a 42-inch-high railing would be installed around the perimeter of the wharf with a stainless steel infill included for public safety. Those looking to skip the railing will be able to use gates built into the railings to access boats at the dock.

Mr. Boyce also discussed installing additional landscaping on the south end of the wharf with light posts at the location as well. Mr. Boyce said that the landscaping would improve the aesthetics of the spot and the low-voltage lighting would improve the safety of Long Wharf by illuminating the area.

The other addition would be a fire suppression standpipe found to the north side of the Dock House restaurant that would draw water from the harbor in emergency situations.

When Village Trustee Thomas Gardella asked what the time frame of the project was, Mr. Boyce said that he hopes the work would be done within 10 months, by Labor Day 2019, although that could be slowed down if the winter season brings large amounts of snow and ice.

Mr. Boyce added that the project would cost about $3 million, part of which would be covered by $550,000 in state grant money awarded to the village in December 2017.

So far, the project has received tidal wetlands and water quality certification approval from the State Department of Environmental Conservation. Mr. Boyce said that the project is currently awaiting permit approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and will submit applications for a building permit, a demolition permit and a permit to perform electrical work to the village in the spring. There will also be an application for coastal consistency concurrence submitted to the Department of State in the spring once the other permits are obtained.

After offering no major criticism of the project, the board made a motion to issue a negative declaration under the State Environmental Quality Review Act determining that the project would have no significant or adverse impacts to the environment.

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By Biba (541), East Hampton on Oct 13, 18 1:02 PM
NO, NO, NO... Sag Harbor got for free a big dock they they have to pay for...... SHVB got it..... Tax base is going up......
By knitter (1725), Southampton on Oct 15, 18 5:45 PM
8k run & 3 mile walk, Agawam Park, Southampton Rotary Club fundraiser