05/29/15 6:05am

The historic Jedediah Hawkins Inn got another temporary reprieve from the Riverhead Town Zoning Board Thursday night to allow it to hold outdoor catered events at the Jamesport restaurant, but it came with a number of conditions aimed at addressing the issue long term.

Because the town code only allows indoor catering – and not outdoor catering – as a permitted “accessory use” to restaurants, the Inn has had to seek a variance from the ZBA annually for the past eight years in order to hold outdoor events. Those variances have been granted, but with conditions.

Neighbors have complained about noise from those outdoor events at prior ZBA hearings.

At one point several years ago, the Town Board discussed changing the zoning to address these issues, but it never did.

On Thursday, the ZBA voted 4-1 in favor of the application, with board member Frank Seabrook casting the lone dissenting vote.

“It seemed to me that the negative impacts of noise from more outdoor events should not be a burden placed on this quiet residential community,” he said after the vote. ”In spite of the beautiful restoration work done to that property, and the benefit of that restoration to the community, I could not find a reason to support this appeal. In this community, it is my opinion, that events should be held indoors.”

Pam Hunt, a representative for the Inn, told the ZBA at earlier hearings that the catering hall would have difficulty staying in business without the outdoor events.

Ms. Hunt also presented the ZBA with an online petition signed by more than 900 people in support of the Inn.

The approval granted Thursday allows the Inn to hold outdoor catered events until Nov. 30, 2016, but states: “The applicant is to retain counsel and make a formal written application to the Town of Riverhead Town Board on or before December 1, 2015 requesting a change of zone and or modification of the existing zone to permit catering outside of the principal structure.”

Among other conditions:

• Catering for outdoor events will only be permitted within a completely enclosed tent.

• The Inn will be limited to three outdoor events per month, and no more than one per day, and the events will not be permitted on weekday nights when school in session.

• Events cannot start earlier than noon or end later than 9:30 p.m., and there will be a limit of 125 guests per event.

•Sound levels at outdoor events must be in compliance with the town noise ordinance.

• The Inn will be required to keep a catering manager on site for the duration of outdoor events and that his or her name and cell phone number be conspicuously posted on the Inn’s website for the purpose of responding to noise complaints.


05/24/15 6:00am
The owner of 30 West Main, pictured on the left, is hoping to bring in tenants next door where Allied Optical Plan currently does business. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The owner of 30 West Main, pictured on the left, is hoping to bring in tenants next door where Allied Optical Plan currently does business. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Two business owners that have received Industrial Development Agency tax breaks in the past were back for more — but on different projects — at a recent IDA meeting. (more…)

05/21/15 10:08am


The Riverhead Town Board is discussing the return of the JumpstArt event to downtown Riverhead in August, as well as Sunday’s Community Mosaic street painting fair with Pat Snyder of East End Arts at its work session on Thursday morning.

The board is also talking about the ongoing Brownfields Opportunity Area grant study in downtown, the sale of the East Lawn building, and the status of another vacant building the town owns on East Avenue.

Also, management training in First Aid and CPR is scheduled to be discussed.

The work session started at 10 a.m. and News-Review reporter Tim Gannon is blogging live.

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Live Blog Riverhead Town Board work session 05-21-2015


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05/20/15 6:50pm



The Riverhead Town Board held a public hearing on the proposed zoning for the Enterprise Park at Calverton Wednesday evening, and on proposed weight limits for Twomey Avenue in Calverton, which residents say large oil trucks have been using.

The board was also expected to vote on a resolution to hire Cushman and Wakefield, a large commercial real estate firm, to market EPCAL for the town.

The board interviewed Cushman and Wakefield and another firm, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, last Thursday. (more…)