We have all been waiting and hoping for downtown Riverhead to be revitalized. We strongly believe in Riverhead’s potential and it seems, finally, like it might be realized after so many false starts. New stores have opened, the Suffolk Theater is attracting great acts and we seem on the verge of actually making things happen. READ
Recently, the Riverhead Democrats have called for a moratorium on all new residential building in the downtown area. In my opinion this would be a mistake.
Roughly a week after town officials discussed condemning the vacant former Sears building and three nearby buildings on East Main Street, the properties have been sold, owner Shelley Gordon confirmed Friday afternoon. READ
Concerned that two miles was too far of a commute for members without a horse, Fanning Church split in 1834, creating the First Congregational Church in Riverhead. READ
As conditions in the parking lot behind the former Woolworth’s building have continued to deteriorate since a long winter, the town appears poised to approve a swap with a county contractor to fix the rough conditions. READ
An art gallery is proposed on this plot between Haiku and Barth’s Drug Store on E. Main Street. (Credit: Tim Gannon)
A proposal from more than 10 years ago to build an art gallery with artist lofts in downtown Riverhead is still alive, according to architect Martin Sendlewski, who represents a pair of renown sculptors proposing the project.
Sculptor Giancarlo Biagi and his business partner Jill Burkee are planning to build a three-story building on the empty lot in between Barth’s Drug Store and Haiku in downtown Riverhead. (more…)
TIM GANNON PHOTO | Sears closed its downtown Riverhead store in 2006.
Saying he’s fed up with the owner of several long-vacant buildings in downtown Riverhead, Supervisor Sean Walter says he is now in support of considering condemnation of the former Sears building and some other buildings owned by that company.
But Sheldon Gordon, a principal in Riverhead Enterprises, which owns several downtown buildings including the Sears building, said in an interview Monday that a proposal for the Sears buildings and several buildings he owns to the east of that is not dead.
“There’s a strong possibility it will move forward,” he said. (more…)
Almost daily, the media teases stories about how to lose weight and get into shape and the answer is always the same: diet and exercise.
Most folks don’t want to hear that, though. We like the idea of a magic solution, but in the end, most of life’s answers are pretty easy. It’s the doing it that’s tough. That’s why it’s kind of disheartening to see all the attention yet another downtown study is getting (cover story, June 26 Riverhead News-Review: “Downtown parking & traffic & housing, oh my!”). We know what the answers are in this town; the hard part has been doing it. (more…)