By Andrew Bielak
East Hampton Village officials may soon create a fifth historic district, in the area of the village green on Egypt Lane, that would include about 20 historic homes.
In a meeting of the village’s planning and zoning committee on Friday morning, Village Historical Preservation Consultant Bob Hefner said that a committee that includes Village Administrator Larry Cantwell, Design Review Board member Carolyn Preische and representatives of the Ladies Village Improvement and Village Preservation Society of East Hampton have begun talking with some of the homeowners on Egypt Lane about the possibility of creating a historic district there.
According to Mr. Hefner, the homes that would be included were built between the 18th century and 1910.
Owners of historic homes in the Ocean Avenue, Main Street, Huntting Lane and Hook historic districts must receive approval from the Village Design Review Board for any significant exterior alteration of their houses.
Mr. Hefner said on Friday that someone of the owners of smaller homes on Egypt Lane are expressing concerns about how much they would be permitted to expand their homes if they were included in the historic district. Such concerns “are reasonable,” Mr. Hefner said in a conversation after the meeting. “We want them to make sure that they understand that.”
As part of the process, Mr. Hefner said, he is exploring the potential for development on some of the homes on the street.
In an effort to preserve historic homes scattered across the village, Mr. Hefner said that the committee is also looking at ways to protect individual 18th and 19th century houses that are located outside of the village’s historic districts.