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Sag Harbor residents argue against Billy Joel’s home alterations

August 28, 2018 08:48PM

Should he leave a tender moment alone? At a public hearing, Sag Harbor Village residents blasted the piano man’s plans to elevate a 19th-century building on his property to bring it in line with FEMA standards. It’d “erase” history and create a “McMansion” in the heart of their historic village, they said, according to Newsday. An attorney with the community group Save Sag Harbor argued that raising the building would create a continuous roofline, thereby hiding how the town’s architectural style evolved. Joel first proposed the changes to his home in 2016, but his plans have been continuously revised since. Sag Harbor architect Anthony Vermandois noted that he did not care for Joel’s music, but felt the changes would be good given rising sea levels in the area. The matter will be revisited at the board’s September 13 meeting. [Newsday]