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11/01/17 2:25pm
JENNIFER STEELE PHOTO A wrecking ball at work on Herrmann’s Castle Wednesday morning.

JENNIFER STEELE PHOTO A wrecking ball at work on Herrmann’s Castle Wednesday morning.

If Walter Herrmann were here today, he might shed a tear as a wrecking ball began demolishing his beloved Herrmann’s Castle at 85 Shore Road on Wednesday to make way for a modern structure that will be the home of Zach Vella and his family. (more…)

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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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05/03/17 12:00pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO Marine contractor Jack Costello listened Monday night to Waterways Management Advisory Committee members debate the efficacy of his client, Zach Vella, bringing a large boat to Dering Harbor waters near the Shelter Island Yacht Club.

JULIE LANE PHOTO Marine contractor Jack Costello listened Monday evening to Waterways Management Advisory Committee members debate the merits of his client, Zach Vella, bringing a large boat to Dering Harbor waters near the Shelter Island Yacht Club.

Just when marine contractor Jack  Costello thought he was home free with an alternative plan for a dock in Dering Harbor near the Shelter Island Yacht Club, hope vanished Monday night. (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…)