Three Riverhead Town Board members said Friday they won’t support the Luminati Aerospace sale unless changes are made.
The Town Board had planned to move forward with the $40 million sale of town-owned land at Enterprise Park at Calverton to support Luminati’s plan for building “unmanned aerial vehicles” that can beam wireless internet back to earth.
Amid the pomp and circumstance of Friday’s grand reopening of a hangar at Luminati Aerospace’s Calverton facility — an event that featured bold assertions, a former astronaut on hand and the usual lineup of politicians — a nagging question hung over the site where Grumman once built F-14 jets. READ
Luminati Aerospace will pay Riverhead Town $13,050 to hire surveyors to help draw its own subdivision map of the Enterprise Park at Calverton.
Riverhead Town has already paid consultants more than $500,000 for work since 2011, including devising a new 50-lot industrial subdivision at EPCAL, with the goal of being able to sell the smaller lots individually or in bulk.
Luminati Aerospace LLC, the company in contract negotiations to purchase the remaining acreage at the Enterprise Park at Calverton, publicly displayed some of its manufacturing capabilities Friday to celebrate the reopening of a hangar at the former Grumman site and mark its intentions to rekindle the site’s aviation roots.
Riverhead Town plans to bring on a second lawyer to aid in the vetting process of Luminati Aerospace and contract negotiations after the town agreed to a $40 million sale of its remaining land at Enterprise Park at Calverton. Councilman Tim Hubbard had raised concerns about the vetting process last month.
We do not as a coalition of civic and neighborhood associations take a position on the Luminati sale. However, we believe it is essential that the letter of intent and any other agreement or contract with Luminati must explicitly forbid housing construction at EPCAL now or in the future. READ
As Riverhead approaches negotiations on a $40 million sale of the remaining town-owned land at the Enterprise Park at Calverton, town officials are moving to get additional help in vetting the potential purchaser.