07/06/15 8:22pm
07/06/2015 8:22 PM
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 Carlin, 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 Carlin, the co-owner of Long Beard Brewing Company. “We chose Riverhead because we feel it something that’s coming back.” (more…)

03/15/15 10:00am
03/15/2015 10:00 AM
The East Lawn building on  East Main Street. (file photo)

The East Lawn building on East Main Street pictured in 2013. (file photo)

Although he wasn’t the highest bidder, Suffolk Theater owner Bob Castaldi appears to be the Riverhead Town Board’s choice to purchase and restore the dilapidated East Lawn building on East Main Street.

The Town Board is planning to authorize a contract with Mr. Castaldi at its 7 p.m. meeting Wednesday.

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09/19/14 11:43am
09/19/2014 11:43 AM
The Second Street firehouse was obtained by Riverhead Town in 2011 in a land swap with the Riverhead Fire District. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch file)

The Second Street firehouse was obtained by Riverhead Town in 2011 in a land swap with the Riverhead Fire District. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch file)

A brewery is one of the uses Suffolk Theater owner Bob Castaldi says he’s considering for the Second Street firehouse, which he has offered to buy from Riverhead Town for $500,000.

But he says he doesn’t have a deal in place just yet; that’s just a use being considered.

“There’s a lot of things up in the air and nothing is concrete yet,” Mr. Castaldi told the News-Review. “I’ve got a lot of ideas and that is one of the things floating around.”

Mr. Castaldi didn’t identify the brewer, though a co-owner of a company called Long Beard Brewing later confirmed they were looking at the location. (more…)

08/05/14 12:34pm
08/05/2014 12:34 PM
The Second Street firehouse was obtained by Riverhead in 2011 in a land swap with the Riverhead Fire District. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch file)

The Second Street firehouse was obtained by Riverhead in 2011 in a land swap with the Riverhead Fire District. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch file)

There will be no townwide referendum on the town board’s decision to sell the Second Street firehouse to Suffolk Theater owner Bob Castaldi for $500,000.

The 30-day permissive referendum period, during which residents could have submitted a petition challenging the sale and forced a public vote on the issue, ended last Wednesday. (more…)

07/05/14 12:00pm
07/05/2014 12:00 PM
After opting not to sell the Second Street Firehouse earlier this year to Sufolk Theater owner Bob Castaldi, Town Board members decided on Tuesday to sell it to him for $500,000. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

After opting not to sell the Second Street Firehouse earlier this year to Sufolk Theater owner Bob Castaldi, Town Board members decided on Tuesday to sell it to him for $500,000. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

In February, amid concern about the high cost of finding a new home for the town’s Justice Court, a majority of Town Board members backed out of a deal to sell the Second Street firehouse to Suffolk Theater owner Bob Castaldi.  (more…)

07/01/14 2:00pm
07/01/2014 2:00 PM

The Second Street firehouse finally appears to have a willing buyer — and a willing seller.

After a previous attempt by Supervisor Sean Walter to sell the house failed earlier this year, the Riverhead Town Board voted 4-1 Tuesday to authorize the sale of the building to Suffolk Theater owner Bob Castaldi for $500,000. (more…)