Some residents of Glenwood Village are concerned that a new shopping center proposed by their homes may create a noise problem.
But the building’s applicant says the developers plan to build a berm with landscaping atop the berm, to block the noise.
The residents, in turn, want a wall to prevent sound.
That application is proposed by Saber Riverhead LLC of Armonk, which is headed by Martin Berger.
It calls for a 121,700-square-foot shopping center expected to include tenants such as Dick’s Sporting Goods, Christmas Tree Shops, ALDI, Buffalo Wild Wings, Starbucks and Five Below.
The project is proposed for land on the south side of Route 58, just east of Riverhead Raceway.
It also is directly across the street from another proposed shopping center called The Shops at Riverhead. That one totals 271,800 square feet and would include a 151,000-square-foot Costco warehouse store as its anchor, along with a gas fueling station associated with the Costco.
The Riverhead Town Planning Board reviewed both applications at its meeting Thursday.
Glen Cerrato, Chris Zimmermann and Vincent Ewart, all of whom live in Glenwood Village, a senior community that abuts Saber Riverhead’s 13-acre property, all voiced concerns about noise.
“My concern is noise mitigation,” Mr. Cerrato said. “People that live at Glenwood are elderly and they’re entitled, I believe by law, to the right of quiet enjoyment. Stop & Shop, we all know, has been a horror for the people who live close to it.”
The new Stop & Shop store on Route 58, which was built a few years ago, also abuts Glenwood, and residents say they frequently hear noise from trucks unloading there.
The board took no formal action on the proposal.
The Shops at Riverhead attorney, Peter Danowski, asked if the Planning Board could prepare a resolution to approve that developer’s application at the next formal meeting on Oct. 4, which would allow the developers to break ground this fall.
Planners were non-committal on that request.
“As soon as it’s ready, we’re going to vote,” Mr. Densieski said.
Read more in the Sept. 27 News-Review newspaper.