EPCAL ‘action plan’ will be announced today

01/27/2011 11:19 AM |

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Michael Reilly Design Inc. makes custom windows and doors out of the 100,000-square-foot facility at EPCAL. The building has the original air control tower used by Grumman.

Town and state officials will announce at a press event today in Riverhead “new initiatives and a new action plan” that will consist of studies to help redevelop the town’s languishing Enterprise Park at Calverton, according to Supervisor Sean Walter.

A centerpiece of the plan will be the hiring of Vanasse, Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (VHB), a land planning firm, to update several key studies pertaining to the enterprise park property referred to commonly as EPCAL. The Town Board is expected to formally vote on hiring that firm at the Tuesday, Feb. 1 Town Board meeting, Mr. Walter said.

The move comes in the wake of the collapse of both of the multi-million dollar land sales the town had been negotiating for EPCAL, which consists of 2,900 acres of former U.S. Navy property, over the past few years.

“We’re back to square one. We’ve got to do it right,” Councilman George Gabrielsen said in an interview.

State Senator Ken LaValle (R-Port Jefferson), newly elected Assemblyman Dan Losquadro (R-Shoreham), Town Board members, civic and environmental group representatives and representatives of VHB are expected to be present at the 2 p.m. press conference outside Riverhead Town Hall.

The supervisor wouldn’t release the cumulative cost of the studies, but had mentioned a figure between $300,000 and $500,000, though he said that cost “includes everything from soup to nuts.”

That would include an update of the reuse plan for EPCAL, an update of the EPCAL zoning, a supplemental environmental impact study that would include a comprehensive wildlife study of the EPCAL property, the completion of the subdivision of the land the town intends to sell at EPCAL from the rest of the town-owned land there, and a marketing analysis of the property, to determine what types of businesses are interested in locating there.

The marketing analysis would probably be done by another company, rather than by VHB, the supervisor said, but that cost still falls under the $300,000 to $500,000 figure he gave for the total cost of the initiative. The studies are expected to take about two years, according to Mr. Walter.

Not included in the scope of work VHB will do is work pertaining to Mr. Walter’s goal of having the state create a separate permitting agency for development at EPCAL. Although he’s referred to it as an “authority” in the past, he said Friday, “we’re not talking about having the state run it, we’re just looking to create a permitting agency. We’ll run it.”

That permitting agency would be modeled after the one created in Devens, Mass., where four members of the Town Board recently visited. In Devens, redevelopment of a former military base there is governed by a state-appointed board comprised of representatives of the state government and of the three small towns that the land is located within. Mr. Walter said he’d like to see perhaps a seven-member board, with three town representatives, two county reps and two state reps. The town, county and state would all have input in developing the development criteria for EPCAL, and projects that meet that criteria would be approved within 75 days.

The idea of the permitting agency is still in its early stages, but appears to have the support of a majority of board members.

tgannon@timesreview.com

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  • this sean is why you will be a 1 time supervisor,. there are companies that have the money to do a motorsports park,but i guess you arent much different then cardinale.. these are real companies with real money but you just keep sending riverhead deeper into the red…

  • this sean is why you will be a 1 time supervisor,. there are companies that have the money to do a motorsports park,but i guess you arent much different then cardinale.. these are real companies with real money but you just keep sending riverhead deeper into the red…

  • WALTER ONCE AGAIN BREAKING CAMPAIGN PROMISES

  • More red tape for EPCAL!

  • Give us our fucking dragstrip.

  • 2 years, you’ve got to be kidding. 300,000 – 500,000 thousand dollars? more money in the toilet. It would take 2-3 intelligent people one month to do this. Motorsports is the answer. Stop ignoring the people of Riverhead who have asked time and time again for this. HOPE YOU DO BETTER AT YOUR NEXT JOB. (sean walter)

  • Well it seems they always find a way to blow off or lose the ONLY builders that can transform the place and actually ATTRACT the other business they want….

    Stupidity seems to be so rampant within whoever is elected to RHT board. Yet another huge blunder and wasted money..

  • Here we go again. I thought a study was already done when the first fiasco was getting started. Why not use that…..keep this enviormentally sound, a nice park and business area combination would be nice.

  • What a convenient time to have a press conference in the middle of the day when everyone with real jobs is at work. What you don’t want the working people to have a say as to what happens at EPCAL. Chew on this for awhile, http://www.njmotorsportspark.com was built an fully operational in 1YR and 8 Months, less time than the 2 yrs, (probably more) it will take just to get to a starting point. A study on property already exists, yet they choose to waste 2 more years and more tax payers money for a study they already have in their possession? Looks like history is repeating itself and there will be no end to this incompetent nightmare. Here is a proposal that the last town board snubbed their noses at, one of the most forward thinking and successful local builder’s here on Long Island http://www.epcalcentre.com a professional, well thought out plan and, THEY WHERE GOING TO INVEST 1 BILLION DOLLARS into it! What does Riverhead Town board do… they turn a town hall meeting into a sealed envelope bidding war at a town hall meeting, and go with the horrible ski mountain idea and a company that wrote a rubber check.” We the people” survey after survey have told YOU the Government employees, that are supposed to work for “we the people” that WE want a MOTORSPORTS and entertainment center. When are YOU going to get it? Wake up already. Do some research on how much revenue this would bring to Long Island. Why don’t you visit a first class MOTORSPORTS park?

  • I’ve got a great idea. Let’s keep Southold clean and dump all our garbage at EPCAL. After 40 years or more start installing snow making machines on the dump pile and this will make Riverhead the most visited ski resort this side of the Mississippi. It’s a win-win.

  • You better give us our dragstrip

  • Yup, we’ve got $500K for this study, even though the town is laying off people. Oh yea, the town’s dubious financial guru can just transfer money from another phoney line in the budget. Soup to nuts is right………. you are nuts Sean!!!

  • More smoke and mirrors for an election year by the new town board members. Two of them are running again this November. We can’t afford necessary town employees like a fire marshal and a planner according to the 3 new town board members, but we can go out and throw a half a million dollars away on a planning consultant! If we kept the planner, we could do the unnecessary study in house for 1/10 the price, but gee we wouldn’t have the great smoke and mirrors effect needed to skirt the Epcal no progress issue. The town is oh so broke and then after the layoffs another $600,000 pops up that we didn’t know we had in an insurance fund. Is this incompetence masquerading as progress? I believe it is. Their exit passes should be issued in November.

  • More smoke and mirrors for an election year by the new town board members. Two of them are running again this November. We can’t afford necessary town employees like a fire marshal and a planner according to the 3 new town board members, but we can go out and throw a half a million dollars away on a planning consultant! If we kept the planner, we could do the unnecessary study in house for 1/10 the price, but gee we wouldn’t have the great smoke and mirrors effect needed to skirt the Epcal no progress issue. The town is oh so broke and then after the layoffs another $600,000 pops up that we didn’t know we had in an insurance fund. Is this incompetence masquerading as progress? I believe it is. Their exit passes should be issued in November.

  • Give us a race track and I will stop kissing my sister

  • Blame Sean on this one. He could eliminate the root cause of the town’s messed up financial picture, but refuses to do so. Hell, he supports him!!!

  • Blame Sean on this one. He could eliminate the root cause of the town’s messed up financial picture, but refuses to do so. Hell, he supports him!!!

  • Ummmm…..

  • EPCAL ‘action plan’ will be announced today
    By Tim Gannon | January 27, 2011 in Featured Stories, News
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    BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Michael Reilly Design Inc. makes custom windows and doors out of the 100,000-square-foot facility at EPCAL. The building has the original air control tower used by Grumman.
    Town and state officials will announce at a press event today in Riverhead “new initiatives and a new action plan” that will consist of studies to help redevelop the town’s languishing Enterprise Park at Calverton, according to Supervisor Sean Walter.

    A centerpiece of the plan will be the hiring of Vanasse, Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (VHB), a land planning firm, to update several key studies pertaining to the enterprise park property referred to commonly as EPCAL. The Town Board is expected to formally vote on hiring that firm at the Tuesday, Feb. 1 Town Board meeting, Mr. Walter said.

    The move comes in the wake of the collapse of both of the multi-million dollar land sales the town had been negotiating for EPCAL, which consists of 2,900 acres of former U.S. Navy property, over the past few years.

    “We’re back to square one. We’ve got to do it right,” Councilman George Gabrielsen said in an interview.

    State Senator Ken LaValle (R-Port Jefferson), newly elected Assemblyman Dan Losquadro (R-Shoreham), Town Board members, civic and environmental group representatives and representatives of VHB are expected to be present at the 2 p.m. press conference outside Riverhead Town Hall.

    The supervisor wouldn’t release the cumulative cost of the studies, but had mentioned a figure between $300,000 and $500,000, though he said that cost “includes everything from soup to nuts.”

    That would include an update of the reuse plan for EPCAL, an update of the EPCAL zoning, a supplemental environmental impact study that would include a comprehensive wildlife study of the EPCAL property, the completion of the subdivision of the land the town intends to sell at EPCAL from the rest of the town-owned land there, and a marketing analysis of the property, to determine what types of businesses are interested in locating there.

    The marketing analysis would probably be done by another company, rather than by VHB, the supervisor said, but that cost still falls under the $300,000 to $500,000 figure he gave for the total cost of the initiative. The studies are expected to take about two years, according to Mr. Walter.

    Not included in the scope of work VHB will do is work pertaining to Mr. Walter’s goal of having the state create a separate permitting agency for development at EPCAL. Although he’s referred to it as an “authority” in the past, he said Friday, “we’re not talking about having the state run it, we’re just looking to create a permitting agency. We’ll run it.”

    That permitting agency would be modeled after the one created in Devens, Mass., where four members of the Town Board recently visited. In Devens, redevelopment of a former military base there is governed by a state-appointed board comprised of representatives of the state government and of the three small towns that the land is located within. Mr. Walter said he’d like to see perhaps a seven-member board, with three town representatives, two county reps and two state reps. The town, county and state would all have input in developing the development criteria for EPCAL, and projects that meet that criteria would be approved within 75 days.

    The idea of the permitting agency is still in its early stages, but appears to have the support of a majority of board members.

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    More smoke and mirrors for an election year by the new town board members. Two of them are running again this November. We can’t afford necessary town employees like a fire marshal and a planner according to the 3 new town board members, but we can go out and throw a half a million dollars away on a planning consultant! If we kept the planner, we could do the unnecessary study in house for 1/10 the price, but gee we wouldn’t have the great smoke and mirrors effect needed to skirt the Epcal no progress issue. The town is oh so broke and then after the layoffs another $600,000 pops up that we didn’t know we had in an insurance fund. Is this incompetence masquerading as progress? I believe it is. Their exit passes should be issued in November.

    Flag 3 people liked this. Like ReplyReply Ronzo3 4 days ago

    this sean is why you will be a 1 time supervisor,. there are companies that have the money to do a motorsports park,but i guess you arent much different then cardinale.. these are real companies with real money but you just keep sending riverhead deeper into the red…
    Flag 3 people liked this. Like ReplyReply Mscano 3 days ago

    More red tape for EPCAL!
    Flag 2 people liked this. Like ReplyReply Truth1 2 days ago

    Yup, we’ve got $500K for this study, even though the town is laying off people. Oh yea, the town’s dubious financial guru can just transfer money from another phoney line in the budget. Soup to nuts is right………. you are nuts Sean!!!
    Flag 1 person liked this. Like ReplyReply RedFlannelMan 3 days ago

    I’ve got a great idea. Let’s keep Southold clean and dump all our garbage at EPCAL. After 40 years or more start installing snow making machines on the dump pile and this will make Riverhead the most visited ski resort this side of the Mississippi. It’s a win-win.
    Flag 1 person liked this. Like ReplyReply Supershafts 3 days ago

    Well it seems they always find a way to blow off or lose the ONLY builders that can transform the place and actually ATTRACT the other business they want….

    Stupidity seems to be so rampant within whoever is elected to RHT board. Yet another huge blunder and wasted money..

    Flag 1 person liked this. Like ReplyReply Acecranky 3 days ago

    2 years, you’ve got to be kidding. 300,000 – 500,000 thousand dollars? more money in the toilet. It would take 2-3 intelligent people one month to do this. Motorsports is the answer. Stop ignoring the people of Riverhead who have asked time and time again for this. HOPE YOU DO BETTER AT YOUR NEXT JOB. (sean walter)
    Flag 1 person liked this. Like ReplyReply LAURIE D 4 days ago

    WALTER ONCE AGAIN BREAKING CAMPAIGN PROMISES
    Flag 1 person liked this. Like ReplyReply Superrick 3 hours ago

    Ummmm…..
    Flag Like ReplyReply Truth1 2 days ago

    Blame Sean on this one. He could eliminate the root cause of the town’s messed up financial picture, but refuses to do so. Hell, he supports him!!!
    Flag Like ReplyReply Alan 3 days ago

    You better give us our dragstrip
    Flag Like ReplyReply jimmy 3 days ago

    What a convenient time to have a press conference in the middle of the day when everyone with real jobs is at work. What you don’t want the working people to have a say as to what happens at EPCAL. Chew on this for awhile, http://www.njmotorsportspark.com was built an fully operational in 1YR and 8 Months, less time than the 2 yrs, (probably more) it will take just to get to a starting point. A study on property already exists, yet they choose to waste 2 more years and more tax payers money for a study they already have in their possession? Looks like history is repeating itself and there will be no end to this incompetent nightmare. Here is a proposal that the last town board snubbed their noses at, one of the most forward thinking and successful local builder’s here on Long Island http://www.epcalcentre.com a professional, well thought out plan and, THEY WHERE GOING TO INVEST 1 BILLION DOLLARS into it! What does Riverhead Town board do… they turn a town hall meeting into a sealed envelope bidding war at a town hall meeting, and go with the horrible ski mountain idea and a company that wrote a rubber check.” We the people” survey after survey have told YOU the Government employees, that are supposed to work for “we the people” that WE want a MOTORSPORTS and entertainment center. When are YOU going to get it? Wake up already. Do some research on how much revenue this would bring to Long Island. Why don’t you visit a first class MOTORSPORTS park?
    Jimmy,if had not seen what you wrote,it would have been my words!!!They should IN FACT go to North Carolina and look at how the Motorsports Facility is a MONEY machine and how many jobs were created.How about the biz owners in the area that went from the red into the black.How does Sean Walter look into the mirror and say he’s doing his best for the people and township he supposedly represents!!!!!!!!

  • “Here we go again. I thought a study was already done when the first fiasco was getting started. Why not use that…..keep this enviormentally sound, a nice park and business area combination would be nice. ”

    AH…….NO. MOTORSPORTS park is a much better idea we have enough half arse parks and empty business factory building’s on long island. Motorsports will bring in a lot more revenue. How much money does a bird watching park bring in?… I will tell you, $0 it will cost us money parks take our tax dollars not give us tax dollars..

  • Walter has broken many in the past times ………