07/06/15 8:22pm
Bob Castaldi, owner of the Second Street firehouse building, and Paul Karlin, right, of Long Beard Brewing Co. address the Riverhead IDA Monday

Bob Castaldi, owner of the Second Street firehouse building, and Paul Karlin, right, of Long Beard Brewing Co. address the Riverhead IDA Monday.

The owners of a fledgling brewery that’s proposed for the former Second Street firehouse are seeking tax exemptions from the Riverhead Town Industrial Development Agency to help them get started.

“Any little help we can get is important to us,” said Paul Karlin, the co-owner of Long Beard Brewing Company. “We chose Riverhead because we feel it something that’s coming back.” (more…)

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07/06/15 6:00am

With news late last month that the New York State Legislature extended the 2-percent property tax cap another four years, we took a look back at the property tax warrants — the amount of property taxes collected by the town each year, including school, town, county and other taxes — in the two North Fork towns to see if taxes had increased at a lesser rate since the law was enacted.

We found that not only had the tax warrant increased at a slower pace in Southold and Riverhead towns since 2012, it did so at a significant rate. (more…)

07/03/15 12:42pm
A two-story restaurant is being proposed for a sliver of land between the Route 58 Taco Bell and Harrison Avenue. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

The 16-seat restaurant is proposed for a sliver of land between the Route 58 Taco Bell and Harrison Avenue. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

The Riverhead Town Planning Board has rejected a proposal to build a new restaurant on three-tenths of an acre between the Route 58 Taco Bell and Harrison Avenue.

The board voted 3 to 2 against the preliminary site plan at Thursday’s meeting, with Ed Densieski, Stan Carey and George Nunnaro opposed and Richard O’Dea and Joe Baier in favor.

“I’m a strong supporter of property rights,” Mr. Densieski said. “But this is the epitome of poor planning.”

He added public safety is an important issue that must be considered.

Planning Board attorney Bill Duffy said he may recommend the board also vote against the final site plan at a future meeting.

Applicant Chuck Chockalingam of Guddha LLC, who acquired the lot from the county in a tax default, has decreased project’s size to a 16-seat, 1,300-square foot restaurant. The project, which dates back to 2012, at one time called for a 24-seat, 2,720-square foot restaurant.

In 2006, someone leasing the property from Mr. Chockalingum had submitted an application to build a Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog restaurant.

As for the latest proposal, Mr. Chockalingum said the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals granted his request for variances on the required setbacks last week. The ZBA’s action, in fact, was re-approving the request that had expired.

Mr. Chockalingum has claimed that he’s allowed to build a restaurant since the property’s designation as a single and separate lot was created in 1950 before local zoning.

In March 2014, the Planning Board voted against a resolution approving the project following a debate in which Mr. Chockalingham, who said he is of Indian descent, implied there was a bias against him, though stopped short of calling it racism.

The normally talkative Mr. Chockalingham left the room without comment after Thursday’s vote.

tgannon@timesreview.com

 

 

07/03/15 5:00am
The glazed over window of the long-vacant West Marine building in downtown, not to mention the bricks falling apart, are things town officials hope to see less of

The former West Marine building in downtown in April. The building is vacant. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

Riverhead Town may soon borrow a page from East Hampton Village in requiring owners of vacant stores in the downtown area to spruce up their windows with attractive displays, rather than just having an empty building or a window covered with newspapers.

(more…)

06/26/15 3:52pm
Ed Harbes picking super sweet corn at Harbes Family Farm in Mattituck in July 2013. (Credit: Rachel Young, file)

Ed Harbes picking super sweet corn at Harbes Family Farm in Mattituck in July 2013. (Credit: Rachel Young, file)

Three North Fork businesses, including both Harbes Family Farmstands, were listed as having critical violations over the past two years in a New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets database of retail food store violations.  (more…)

06/25/15 3:06pm
Decapitated goats and fruits and vegetables were discovered dumped in Calverton (courtesy photo)

Decapitated goats and fruits and vegetables were discovered dumped in Calverton (SPCA courtesy photo)

The Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for the beheading and dumping of three goats in Calverton. (more…)