Demolition is the first step in the creation of Steinbeck Park

From Eyesore To Waterfront Jewel

It doesn’t look like much just yet, but a 1.25-acre waterfront parcel in Sag Harbor Village will soon be home to the John Steinbeck Waterfront Park.

On August 13, demolition crews converged on the parcel to begin tearing down the old Remkus fishing station and the Sag Harbor Professional Building, which have long stood vacant.

Sag Harbor Mayor Sandra Schroeder said this week the demolition was being underwritten by developer Jay Bialsky, who agreed to sell the property to Southampton Town in May for $10.5 million. The town will pay for the property through the Community Preservation Fund, with the closing to take place after the land is cleared and an environmental assessment completed, the mayor said.

The village has plans to transform the lot, which lies in the shadow of the Lance Cpl. Jordan Haerter Veterans Memorial Bridge, into a park with an amphitheater, path, and other amenities.

Schroeder would not give a timetable for when work is projected to begin. For starters, though, she said the area would be planted with grass to prevent erosion while a village committee works on plans for the park.

The parcel had long been eyed for waterfront condominiums, with Bialksy buying the property from Greystone Development, which had proposed a 13-unit development on the site and the neighboring 1-800-LAWYER property formerly owned by attorney Bruce Davis. Bialsky retains the right to develop that parcel.

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