Southampton to vote on resolution to apply for footbridge grant

08/07/2013 10:00 AM |
Peconic footbrige

PAUL SQUIRE FILE PHOTO | Southampton Supervisor Anna Throne Holst (center) and town council members discussing plans for a footbridge over the Peconic.

The Southampton Town Board will hold a special meeting at noon Thursday to vote on several resolutions, including one to authorize Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst to apply for a New York State Economic Development Consolidated Grant for a pedestrian bridge from downtown Riverhead to county parkland in Riverside.

The deadline to apply for the grant is Aug. 12.

JAY SCHNEIDERMAN COURTESY RENDERING | The footbridge that would cross the Peconic River and connect Riverside to downtown Riverhead.

JAY SCHNEIDERMAN COURTESY RENDERING | The footbridge that would cross the Peconic River and connect Riverside to downtown Riverhead.

The town is seeking $1.145 million in grant money for the project, which requires approvals from Southampton Town, Riverhead Town and Suffolk County, since the land on which it is planned for in Riverside is part of a 14-acre county park.

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The issue also will be discussed publicly by the Riverhead Town Board at its 10 a.m. work session Thursday. Vince Taldone, president of the Flanders, Riverside and Northampton Community Association, will give a presentation to the board. Mr. Taldone has been a driving forced behind the plan, which FRNCA hopes will be a beginning to plans for revitalization in Riverside. Southampton Town also plans to seek proposals from developers to redevelop the business area in Riverside.

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The bridge will most like be located near the Long Island Aquarium, Mr. Taldone said.

tgannon@timesreview.com

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