A proposed five-story, 45-unit affordable apartment building on West Main Street received preliminary site plan approval from the Riverhead Planning Board Thursday night — but that approval came with 26 conditions, including one that requires that the Riverhead Fire Chief be satisfied that the building has sufficient emergency access along the rear of the building, which abuts the Peconic River on 11 West Main St. READ
A rendering of the Peconic Crossing project planned for West Main Street. (Courtesy)
A five-story affordable housing project planned for along the Peconic River in downtown Riverhead has received $5.49 million in grants from New York State.
“This is huge; I can’t underscore that enough,” explained Marianne Garvin, the president and chief executive officer of the nonprofit Community Development Corporation of Long Island, which is teaming up on the West Main Street project with a Rochester-based, for-profit developer called Conifer Realty. “Without the financing, you can have a concept and a dream and an aspiration, but you don’t have the project being built.
“This gives us the financing and the ability to actually build what we’re dreaming about building.” (more…)
The Riverhead Town Board has a number of discussion items on its work session agenda for Thursday, including road paving, Suffolk County’s Affordable Housing program and a proposed clothing bin legislation. (more…)
Michael Butler (center) cuts the ribbon Thursday at the E. Main St. apartment complex. (Credit: Tim Gannon)
The second of three new affordable apartment complexes in downtown Riverhead officially held its grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday, as leases are in place for all but seven of its 19 apartments, with tenants expected to move in on Sunday, according to Michael Butler, the owner and developer of the project. (more…)
Michael Butler, managing partner with Woolworth Revitalization, LLC, said Riverhead has “all the components.” (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
Michael Butler and his wife launched an environmentally sustainable eco-lodge in the Costa Rican rainforest 13 years ago, so opening 19 units of affordable housing on East Main Street in Riverhead doesn’t seem quite as daunting.
“That’s why this doesn’t seem as crazy, right?” he said (more…)
To the editor:
This Riverhead house in foreclosure was scheduled to be sold on the steps of Town Hall in 2010. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)
Re: Jason Hill’s recent letter to the editor regarding Long Island’s affordable housing.
I write regularly on Long Island’s land use issues, with my work appearing in Long Island Business News, Newsday and various other publications. I have a bachelor’s degree from Fordham in both urban studies and political science and a master’s degree in public policy, where I studied urban planning with Dr. Lee Koppelman, Long Island’s veteran planner. (more…)