At the special meeting of the Board of Supervisors Health and Human Services Committee on Thursday, the question arose about why the rehab of the Sunset Motel had not come before the Greenport Planning Board. Tom Alvarez, whose properties border the motel site on their east and south sides, raised questions about water and drainage and where 2,000 gallons of waste water will go. (The motel has its own well and septic tank--systems that, according to Alvarez, are more than sixty years old.) Alvarez and others insisted that these concerns would have been addressed had the project been subjected to site plan review by the Greenport Planning Board.
Kathy Eldridge, Greenport town supervisor, explained that because the area was zoned for a motel (a rather remarkable statement since Greenport has no zoning) and this was not a change of use, a site plan review by the Planning Board was not a requirement. Dan Kent assured Alvarez and the group that Galvan's project engineer and the Greenport building inspector were addressing all the issues, and they were developing the space "in full compliance with the code."
Although questions may linger in the minds of project's opponents, the Galvan Foundation has erected a new sign at the motel. One wonders if the new sign was needed because people were stopping there looking to check in.
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