Riverhead Town has yet to send Luminati Aerospace a contract to sell the company town-owned land at the Enterprise Park at Calverton, Supervisor Sean Walter said at Wednesday’s Town Board meeting.
His comment came in response to questions from Democrat Laura Jens-Smith on the status of the $40 million deal. She’s seeking to run against Mr. Walter, the Republican nominee, this fall.
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.
To the editor:
Your readers are naturally engaged with the debate over the proposed sale of EPCAL land to Luminati.
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.
Part of the more than $11 million cleanup effort underway at the Enterprise Park at Calverton could take up to 30 years to complete, according to the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, which is charged with remediating pollution caused by the U.S. Navy when it leased the site to the Grumman Corporation more than 20 years ago.
Since plans were first announced nearly two years ago that Luminati Aerospace would come to the Enterprise Park at Calverton, news about the company has often led to hyperbole.
Perhaps the biggest example of this came in a supervisor candidate debate hosted by the News-Review in October 2015. Incumbent Supervisor Sean Walter, nearing the end of a bruising three-way race for re-election, beamed every time he mentioned Luminati that night.
The Riverhead Town Board on Tuesday unanimously authorized the signing of a letter of intent to sell most of the remaining town-owned land at the Enterprise Park at Calverton, including both runways, to Luminati Aerospace LLC for $40 million.
Several environmental and civic organizations in Riverhead Town have teamed up to oppose the inclusion of housing as a permitted use at the Enterprise Park at Calverton. READ