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05/22/17 4:30pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO Zach Vella listened to members of his team of architects and builders describe an ancillary project — this one in Shelter Island Heights — to his Herrmann’s Castle reconstruction at a recent ZBA hearing.

JULIE LANE PHOTO Zach Vella listened to members of his team of architects and builders describe an ancillary project — this one in Shelter Island Heights — to his Herrmann’s Castle reconstruction at a recent ZBA hearing.

Just when the Zoning Board of Appeals was set to approve an application May 17, a monkey wrench found its way into the works. (more…)

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05/01/17 10:00am
JULIE LANE PHOTO Zach Vella listened to members of his team of architects and builders describe an ancillary project — this one in Shelter Island Heights — to his Herrmann’s Castle reconstruction at a recent ZBA hearing.

JULIE LANE PHOTO Zach Vella listened to members of his team of architects and builders describe an ancillary project — this one in Shelter Island Heights — to his Herrmann’s Castle reconstruction at a recent ZBA hearing.

This time it’s Vella-Clinton.

No, it’s not a lineup for a political team, but a second project Zach Vella wants to accommodate his family while the former Herrmann’s Castle on Shore Road is reconstructed. (more…)

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01/20/17 10:00am
JULIE LANE PHOTO ZBA member Phil DiOrio (right) points out one of his concerns about the proposed Vella house on Shore Road to ZBA Chairman Doug Matz. Ultimately, the application appears headed for approval.

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ZBA member Phil DiOrio (right) points out one of his concerns about the proposed Herrmann’s Castle house on Shore Road to ZBA Chairman Doug Matz. The application appears headed for approval.

The official approval could come at the January 25 meeting, when after years of struggling to create his dream house on the site of Herrmann’s Castle, Zach Vella will finally get the go-ahead from the Zoning Board of Appeals. (more…)

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12/19/16 8:00am
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | Hermann's Castle on Shore Road.

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | Hermann’s Castle on Shore Road.

Representatives for Zach Vella are hoping his long battle to replace the antiquated Herrmann’s Castle with a modern structure will finally reach a successful conclusion.

After months of hearings and work sessions before the Zoning Board of Appeals, what is expected to be the final hearing closed December 14, leaving only written comments submitted by January 11 to be considered before the ZBA renders its decision.

Plans by Mr. Vella for the white, idiosyncratic three-story structure rising above Shore Road next to the Pridwin Hotel have been under discussion at Town Hall for years. Locally known as Herrmann’s Castle, it appeared nearly half a century ago, conceived and built by German immigrants Walter and Ingrid Herrmann as their fantasy Bavarian chalet. (more…)