A majority of Riverhead Town Board members now support selling the Route 58 armory, which was once envisioned as a possible police and justice court headquarters. But first, they’ll need to persuade the state to remove a covenant restricting its use to police and courts.
(Credit: Tim Gannon)
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An artist rendering of the proposed relocation of police and justice court headquarters to the former Armory on Route 58. (Credit: Tim Gannon)
While two Riverhead Town Board members support a plan to convert the former Armory on Route 58 into a police and justice court headquarters, three members are seeking alternative options.
The Riverhead Town Board discussed at Thursday’s work session the feasibility of converting the former Armory located on Route 58 into a police and justice court headquarters. The cost of that conversion had been reported to be $11.3 million and the project, so far, hasn’t gained support from the majority of the Town Board.
On Thursday, the board learned that the renovation would cost $13 million if they decide to move forward. The board decided to move forward with studies of other alternatives.
Clockwise from top-left: Town hall, the armory building, police station/justice court, Second Street firehouse (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
If Riverhead Town Board members don’t agree on much, they at least agrees on this: The town needs a new location for its justice court.
But how to construct it, or where to put it, or how much the town should spend on it have remained topics of constant conversation at Town Hall in recent few months — with little, if any, common ground being established.
The cost of converting the Route 58 armory into a justice court and police station would be $11.3 million, according to a recent estimate by an engineering firm hired by the town.
The cost of constructing a brand-new one? Nearly double — and that price doesn’t include the cost of land to build on. (more…)
The state Armory building on Route 58. (Credit: file photo)
Renovating the former Armory building on Route 58 into a police headquarters and justice court will cost an estimated $11.3 million, according to an engineering report commissioned by Riverhead Town. (more…)