House Looms, Board Says

    A request by the Three P. Corporation to add approximately 400 square feet to a 1,400-square-foot contemporary saltbox located on a .1 acre on Collins Avenue was denied by the East Hampton Village Zoning Board of Appeals on Friday.
    “It’s just too big,” said John L. McGuirk III, who sits on the board.
    “You’re looking for a variance of almost 30-percent gross floor area,” Andrew Goldstein, the chairman of the zoning board, said. “That’s a substantial variance.”
    Regine Starr, the owner of the property, said that she found the house, that she purchased five years ago for her mother, to be “architecturally distasteful.”
    Her mother has moved to Florida, and Ms. Starr told the board she wishes to take tenancy. “Fourteen hundred square feet is too small,” she said. “I would not be able to live in it.”
    “We have to balance the benefit to you and the detriment to the community,” Mr. Goldstein said. “It positively looms over the street. That’s a detriment.”
    In other applications, the Ladies Village Improvement Society’s special permit for interior improvements to the garage was approved, with a parking plan added as a condition. An addition at 3 Lily Pond Lane, where the certificate of occupancy had been revoked, was okayed by the board as having been constructed in good faith.
    The next meeting of the zoning board of appeals is on Friday, Feb. 24, at the Emergency Services Building on Cedar Street.