Bank and pharmacy proposed for vacant Calverton land

02/25/2011 12:37 PM |
pharmacy and bank proposed for Calverton

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | A pharmacy and bank is proposed for this parcel at the intersection of Route 25 and Edwards Avenue in Calverton.

A bank and 24-hour pharmacy could be coming to Edwards Avenue in Calverton — adding to what some say is a developing hamlet center — but only if Riverhead Town’s Zoning Board of Appeals allows the proposals to move forward.

Neither business is permitted on the property under current zoning.

A group called 1998 Peconic LLC, headed by developer Paul Elliott and Jim Miller of Miller Environmental, has proposed putting a 13,852-square-foot pharmacy and a 4,092-square-foot bank on the vacant 3.29-acre lot directly south of the now-closed Village Crossroads restaurant on Edwards Avenue.

Those same applicants built the gas station that sits between the restaurant property and the Riverhead Charter School on Route 25. Mr. Miller’s company is located farther south on Edwards Avenue.

To get such a variance, an applicant must show that none of the permitted uses are viable; that the hardship the applicant faces is unique and not “self-created;” and that the use would not adversely impact the surrounding area.

Chris Tartaglia of High Point Engineering, a representative of the applicant, said during a ZBA hearing on the variance application last Thursday night that the permitted uses — warehouses, lumberyards, agricultural protection — basically fall into two categories that require more land.

Charles Voorhis, a planner also representing the applicants, said the property is unique because it is surrounded by a school, deli, gas station and the shuttered restaurant.

In the past, permitted uses such as a lumberyard and more recently a propane storage facility have been proposed on the property and have met with opposition from the community and from Riverhead Charter School officials, Mr. Voorhis explained to the ZBA board members.

“We’ve pretty much exhausted the list of allowable uses on this district,” Mr. Voorhis said. “The only inquiries that have come forth have been by banks and pharmacies.”

The proposed uses would generate an estimated $73,000 in property taxes, $513,000 in sales tax and would create 50 construction jobs and 40 operational jobs, Mr. Voorhis said.

He said the property owners now pay about $22,000 in taxes, insurance and maintenance fees.

The proposed pharmacy would operate 24 hours per day, seven days per week, while the bank office would be open from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays.

The applicants have not publicly identified specific tenants for the sites.

Peconic LLC is proposing 128 parking spaces, which is more than the 98 required under the current zoning, and to allow the restaurant, should it reopen, to use part of its property for overflow parking.

Richard Israel, who runs the real estate company that owns the restaurant, voiced support for the proposed use variance. He said he is in negotiations with a potential tenant who would reopen the restaurant, which also is zoned industrially.

“We feel that the hamlet of Calverton has been growing ever since the Charter School came there,” Mr. Israel said. “We feel there’s more need to have more services there.”

He added, “I look forward to Calverton becoming a little mini-center. The industrial uses in that general area are kind of absurd. Maybe with changes and some variances, we can bring the neighborhood to where it should be, as a little community center.”
The ZBA adjourned its hearing until March 24.

Mr. Elliott said he will present his plans to the Greater Calverton Civic Association on March 10.

tgannon@timesrview.com

61 Comment

  • How dare someone wants to profit from property-ownership! It’s going to ruin my view! When I moved here 6 months ago, I wanted peace and quiet!

  • How about a 7-11

  • I just don’t think we need yet another Rite Aid/CVS or whatever other pharmacy in town.

  • Not to be rude, Guest, but it’s irrelavant whether or not you feel there are too many pharmacies in town. If a pharmacy wants to build there (and it conforms to the zoning), its got an absolute right…or should, anyway. You may want to make a case to the ZBA, though.

  • Apparently though, SyMan, it does not conform to zoning, that is why it needs a variance. Not to be rude, though. . :)

  • I’d feel better about this if the proposed development were an assisted living facility. There’s no place in the current zoning for that(causes to much traffic etc.) but I guess banks and pharmacies have walk in customers. why then do they have drive up windows? Bottom line,it’s all about the money. Are there any box type pharmacies or banks in your backyard, Styman?

  • Any further ‘ build up ‘ along the Edwards ave/ Rt 25 corrridor , the Town of Riverhead should consider an
    improvement of roadwork with any increases in traffic patterns . The intersection of Edwards and state road 25 needs to be changed . I’ve been traveling on Edwards toward Rt 25 and the traffic was backed up from the light to the south past the John Deere dealer .

  • Any further ‘ build up ‘ along the Edwards ave/ Rt 25 corrridor , the Town of Riverhead should consider an
    improvement of roadwork with any increases in traffic patterns . The intersection of Edwards and state road 25 needs to be changed . I’ve been traveling on Edwards toward Rt 25 and the traffic was backed up from the light to the south past the John Deere dealer .

  • Any further ‘ build up ‘ along the Edwards ave/ Rt 25 corrridor , the Town of Riverhead should consider an
    improvement of roadwork with any increases in traffic patterns . The intersection of Edwards and state road 25 needs to be changed . I’ve been traveling on Edwards toward Rt 25 and the traffic was backed up from the light to the south past the John Deere dealer .

  • Note to ZBA: JUST SAY NO. Thanks.

  • Sorry not the right place. Traffic already backed up there. Calverton is between Wading River and Riverhead. No need to build more stores west of Riverhead. We need more planning so that we don’t end up with empty shopping plazas and store fronts like Riverhead already has. We who chose to live in Calverton or Baiting Hollow already know that we have to go to Wading River or Riverhead to shop, bank or fill prescriptions. Enough said.This town needs to plan,plan, plan and it has not been doing that. Riverhead has already been derstoyed witht he shopping centers and the stripmalls. Lets keep what we have bewtween Calverton and Wading River. Stop the development east and west of Riverhead! Riverhead unfortuanltely has already been subjected to this mass strip mall sprall keep it there since it has already started and preserve what you have left!

  • No pharmacies or banks in my backyard…but I do have a lovely view of the expressway!

  • “Stop the development east and west of Riverhead!” …….. You really can’t make this stuff up. Spoken like a true genius.