MTA holds tour of Riverhead station; Coates eyes space for cafe

08/31/2012 2:04 PM |


Hometown Taxi owner Bryan DaPalma of Southampton and Supervisor Sean Walter talked about relocating part of his taxi business to the Riverhead train station.

Media members outnumbered prospective tenants at Friday’s tour of the 102-year-old Riverhead train station, which the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is trying to lease out.

The MTA has issued a request for proposals from companies who might want to lease space at the station, which hasn’t been used as a railroad station since 1972. The station has been vacant for most of the time since then.

The deadline for submitting proposals is Sept. 28.

The MTA gave a tour of the building at noon, and only two prospective renters showed, though representatives from three media outlets did, along with some Riverhead Town officials, including town historian Georgette Case.

One company that is definitely interested is Southampton-based Hometown Taxi, which runs cars throughout the East End.

Owner Bryan Deparma said he’d like to use the building to dispatch cabs. The company currently runs cars in Riverhead but has to monitor them from an office in either Southold or Southampton, he said. It also has contracts for medical transport to local hospitals, and a contract Maureen’s Haven to transport homeless to local shelters in the winter, he said.

“This is perfect for what we want to do,” he said of the train station, though he said the building might be a bit big for his needs.

“I don’t need a big space,” he said. “If I just could use the ticket counter” and someone else could occupy the rest of the station, “that would work”, he said.

The only other prospective tenant to take the tour was Ike Israel of Riverhead-based Richmond Realty Corp., who said the company just wanted to see what was available.

Anthony Coates of Riverhead, an adviser to the town supervisor, did not take Friday’s tour, but told the News-Review in an interview that he and his 20-year-old daughter, Courtney, who is a business student at Stony Brook University, plan to submit a proposal to rent the train station as a restaurant/cafe type establishment.

Mr. Coates, who has been involved in the restaurant business in the past, said that with the recent closure of Riverhead establishments like East Enders and Off Main,  “there’s no place to capture a quick doughnut or muffin in town.”

John Coyne of the MTA’s real estate department, who gave the tour, said the public authority has contacted some businesses, such as Dunkin’ Donuts, about the possibility of leasing space in the Riverhead station, as well as in other MTA train stations.

The MTA doesn’t usually receive proposals to rent its stations until its close to the deadline for submissions, he said, adding that depending on what the response is, the MTA may push the deadline back.

A decision on whether to rent the entire site to one company or subdivide it among more than one company also will depend on the response, he said.

Mr. Coyne said he’s grateful Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter was able to get publicity for the tour and the lease opportunity by reaching out to the local media.

The MTA undertook about $1 million in renovations to the Railroad Avenue station and then leased it to the town at no charge in 2002, with a condition that it be occupied by a nonprofit organization. But the town has had little success in finding a tenant since then, even when it offered the building rent-free.

Mr. Walter said the conditions the MTA had put on the lease in the past made it difficult to find a tenant.

The MTA taking the lead in looking for tenants is a new strategy, he said.

“I was getting ready to write a letter to the MTA telling them we were condemning the building because of the condition it was in,” Mr. Walter said in an interview. But before he got the chance to send the letter, Police Chief David Hegermiller suggested he talk to Long Island Rail Road president Helena Williams, whom the chief knows.

Mr. Walter said he called Ms. Williams earlier this year and she told him she would issue the RFP for the train station. Of the town’s inability to get anywhere with the MTA in the past, she told him he wasn’t talking to the right people, the supervisor said.

22 Comment

  • MtLXXn Very good post.Much thanks again. Really Cool.

  • Major thanks for the article post.Really thank you! Great.

  • I really enjoy the blog.Thanks Again. Keep writing.

  • You understand, I usually lug all over my “heavy” machine gun and rocket launcher simply because you under no circumstances know when someone might insult the prophet and I would like to become effectively prepared if I should happen to stumble onto a demonstration and choose to destroy the infidels…. n nRight…. n nAlana, you can not enable Carney get away with this just one both probably this stuff is readily available in Libya however it is NOT one thing that just one nonchalantly walks approximately with, and you can not let them wiggle off the hook on this one… n nFirst, a “heavy” machine gun just isn’t the bodyweight in the gun however the destructive ability with the bullets it fires, and that signifies .fifty caliber or even bigger. By contrast, a “light” machine gun is a thing like the M-60 which fires exactly what is essentially very similar towards the .308 Winchester rifle bullet it fires plenty of them quite fast, they may be rather lethal when they hit you, but they can be considered “light” because they won’t go via points like masonry and steel. n nA “heavy” machine gun will a .50 caliber machine gun is the heaviest weapon on most US Coast Guard vessels and, for example, the WW-II P-51 Mustang was armed with six of these. n nThis will not be a light gun. It alone weighs 84 lbs, and with its required tripod, it weighs 128 lbs. It fires 550 rounds per minute, almost 10 per Second, and just about every metal box of 105 rounds weighs 35 lbs. To fire this for just 10-12 minutes, that you are about to need a TON of ammunition which suggests logistics and vehicles and planning. n n(It also requires exercise firing it therefore you never wind up shooting your own private people…) n nSecond, notwithstanding what Hollywood might have us assume, that is not a gun you can fire with the hip as Rambo did. It has for being properly secured or it will go flying which means training and practice along with the rest. Particularly if you are intending to be carrying out this right after dark, which I believe they did. So also with RPGs these are effectively glorified bottle rockets and if you choose to have it go any place near where by you would like it to go, you’ve got to learn anything you are executing. n nThat signifies instruction, that usually means apply, and that signifies this was planned in advance. Once more, for those who you should not know very well what you are carrying out, you a lot more likely will get rid of yourself and your individual people… n nWe also really need to learn how they understood where by this residence a super-secret “safe house” even WAS. Michelle Bachmann’s concerns about State Dept safety and leaking info to your Muslim Brotherhood becomes very related, does it not?

  • I feel I could support you find an answer in your concern, however it would support in case you could double verify your data. My resources never record any one hundred air conditioning land grant to William Lengthy. Also not many land grants on New Hope Creek date in the 1740s. Perhaps William Lengthy is not the ideal brand?

  • Only issue is, the people today who ought to see stuff like this will not se it. If they do, perchance, see it, they’re going to shrug it off as some style of right-wing propaganda.

  • Oh my goodness! Impressive article dude! Thank you, However I am encountering issues with your RSS. I don

  • I wish I’d found this page sooner, thanks so much for sharing your expertise. The way this post has been written is just fantastic! Not only is is really informative, it is also extremely simple to understand. Great job! I like to try and learn something new everyday, and this website has certainly taught me something. Thank you very much for taking the time to post this. I have placed a link to this page from my Facebook account, I hope that’s alright?

  • Heya i am for the first time here. I found this board and I find It really useful & it helped me out much. I hope to provide one thing again and aid others such as you aided me.

  • I think this is among the most important information for me. And i am glad reading your article. But should remark on some general things, The site style is ideal, the articles is really excellent : D. Good job, cheers

  • Wow, incredible blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you make blogging look easy. The overall look of your site is fantastic, as well as the content!

  • Hi would you mind letting me know which hosting company you’re working with? I’ve loaded your blog in 3 completely different browsers and I must say this blog loads a lot quicker then most. Can you suggest a good internet hosting provider at a honest price? Thank you, I appreciate it!

  • How do you start building a WordPress site for an already existing website?

  • Thank you for sharing this information, I just wish I had found it earlier! Considering the topic covered, you have done a superb job of making this informative, yet enjoyable to read – good job, well done! I like to try to learn something everyday, and this website most definitely taught me something. As my old dad said “a day gone without learning is a day wasted!”. I learned a great deal from reading this article, thanks. If you’re okay with it, I’d like to place a link to here from Twitter, is that alright?

  • What\92s Taking place i’m new to this, I stumbled upon this I’ve found It absolutely helpful and it has helped me out loads. I hope to contribute & assist other customers like its helped me. Good job.

  • Hey there, You have done a great job. I will certainly digg it and personally suggest to my friends. I am sure they will be benefited from this website.

  • If only I had found this webpage sooner, it would have saved me a lot of time. What a refreshing and informative piece. Considering the content this is an impressive feat – good job. Thank you once again for taking the time to write this article, I have learned a lot :). My mum always used to say “a day without learning is a wasted day”. I have certainly learned a lot from this article, thanks. If you have no objection, I’d like to stick a link to your site from my Google+ page, is that fine?

  • Hey there just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The words in your article seem to be running off the screen in Internet explorer. I’m not sure if this is a formatting issue or something to do with browser compatibility but I figured I’d post to let you know. The design and style look great though! Hope you get the problem resolved soon. Thanks

  • I think this is among the most vital info for me. And i’m glad reading your article. But wanna remark on few general things, The site style is great, the articles is really nice : D. Good job, cheers

  • I’m more than happy to discover this great site. I need to to thank you for your time for this particularly fantastic read!! I definitely loved every bit of it and I have you saved as a favorite to look at new things on your web site.