05/24/15 6:05am
05/24/2015 6:05 AM
Looking for work? Check out the Times/Review classified section.

Looking for work? Check out the Times/Review classified section.

Looking for work, or know someone who is?

Times/Review classifieds offers local companies a place to advertise their job openings each week, and this week close to 80 positions are available from a painter to a line cook to an office assistant.

And for anyone interested in submitting a classified ad, email: classifieds@timesreview.com.

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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.

• 20 West Main

Georgia Malone, who bought and renovated the 30 West Main Street building in downtown Riverhead last year and received IDA tax incentives on that project, is now looking to buy and renovate the adjacent 20 West Main Street building, which is where Allied Optical is located.

Ms. Malone said she’s seeking a 100 percent tax abatement for 10 years on 20 West Main. The abatement applies only to the value of the improvements, and only applies to town, county, school and fire district taxes.

This is the same abatement that 30 West Main Street received last year. The IDA’s standard property tax exemption starts at 50 percent and decreases by five percent per year for 10 years, at which point the property owner pays the full tax. The IDA has the discretion to grant more or less of an exemption on real property taxes, and has done so in several cases downtown, including the Long Island Aquarium and Hyatt hotel and the Summerwind apartments, both of which received the 100 percent abatement for 10 years.

The IDA incentives also call for exemptions from county mortgage recording taxes and sales tax exemptions on building materials used in the job.


• SPECIAL REPORT FROM 2013: WHAT’S THE COST OF IDA TAX BREAKS?


 

Ms. Malone says she is renting second and third floor office units to new tenants at 30 West Main, including the Riverhead Chamber of Commerce.

The ground floor retail space at 30 West Main, which was occupied by Ninow’s Music until that company went out of business, could soon be occupied by another music store, as Ms. Malone said she’s negotiating with a national music store chain, which she declined to identify, but said a deal could be closed soon.

She said the 30 West Main renovation would not be possible without the IDA benefits, and estimated that the sales tax exemption alone amounted to about $55,000.

The 20 West Main Street building needs a lot of renovation, Ms. Malone said. While Allied Optical has operated in the ground floor space for several decades, the second and third floors have been vacant in recent years.

While she said she has about $1.2 million available for the 20 West Main Street project, Ms. Malone told the IDA, “I don’t think anything is going to happen without your help. I really do need the benefits this time.”

She then quickly added that she needed them last time, too.

Ms. Malone said she hopes to bring a doctor’s office to the ground floor at 20 West Main and is considering apartments for the upper floors.

• Roanoke medical center expanding

Dr. Paayal Mehta of Peconic Management Group LLC is looking to build a medical center on Roanoke Avenue, just north of the intersection with Pulaski Street, and is seeking IDA help to do so.

Dr. Mehta, a bariatric surgeon who built Long Island Bariatric on Roanoke Avenue in 2012 with IDA assistance, has since bought the property next to it and is planning two more medical offices.

Building B, as she called it, was built without IDA assistance and will house a woman’s health center.

Building C, which is still in the planning stages and is eyed for a sleep disorder center and a physical therapy unit, is where she’s seeking help.

“We tried to go ahead and do it ourselves,” she said Monday. “We did building B ourselves. Now we are at a point that if we don’t get financial assistance, we might not go ahead with building C.”

She says her goal to be able to provide all of the services patients need at one location, rather than have them going to various different offices.

For example, she said 95 percent of her bariatric patients have sleep apnea.

The amount of the property tax exemption being sought by Peconic Management Group had not yet been determined, according to IDA director Tracy Stark-James.

05/21/15 12:14pm
Juanita Devlin behind the cash register at her store Thursday morning. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Juanita Devlin behind the cash register at her store Thursday morning. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

A longtime Riverhead business will lock its doors for the final time Saturday.

Fisherman’s Deli, which first opened on West Main Street in 1981 as a place for fishermen to load up on food and supplies before hitting the open water, has been sold.  (more…)

05/19/15 3:00pm
05/19/2015 3:00 PM

[Click to enlarge] Pictured is a map of all the weekend ferry and bus trips provided by Sea Jitney. (Credit: Courtesy)

[Click to enlarge] Pictured is a map of all the weekend ferry and bus trips provided by Sea Jitney. (Credit: Courtesy)

Weary travelers tired of sitting in traffic and who can’t afford those fancy helicopter rides will soon have a new way to travel the tri-state area.

The Bridgeport-Port Jefferson Ferry is partnering with Seastreak and Hampton Jitney to offer a new travel system called Sea Jitney, which will ferry passengers from Long Island to Manhattan, New Jersey and Connecticut.  (more…)

05/18/15 8:00am
05/18/2015 8:00 AM
A customer honked his horn as he passed by Al Amore's Tailored Male Barber Shop in Cutchogue earlier this month. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

A customer honked his horn as he passed by Al Amore’s Tailored Male Barber Shop in Cutchogue earlier this month. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

You’ll have to forgive Al Amore if he doesn’t remember the newspaper article he just read.

The title of the movie he just saw or the score of the game, well, he probably can’t recall those either.

But say you found yourself in his barber chair, chatting nervously about your brother’s wedding to come later that day — well don’t be surprised if weeks later he asks you how the toast went.  (more…)