The Riverhead Town Board voted 3-2 to authorize the sale of the Second Street firehouse to Suffolk Theater owner Bob Castaldi for up to $500,000 at its work session on Thursday.
Councilwoman Jodi Giglio and Councilman John Dunleavy opposed the measure. They argued the building should be appraised first. The last appraisal was in 2009. They also said the building and its parking lot (which is not being sold at this time) were worth $1.8 million, although that took into account different zoning for the property. (more…)
Stony Brook business students Neha Shethia and Justin Kline present their EPCAL study to the Town Board Thursday. (Credit: Tim Gannon)
Riverhead Town is in contract to pay professional consultants about $500,000 for a land-use study land at Enterprise Park at Calverton.
But a study done for free by three Stony Brook University students may have the biggest impact in terms of convincing the town to allow mixed-use residential development at EPCAL — something town officials have opposed in the past.
The Riverhead Town Board discussed producer Nile Rodgers’ “We Are Family Festival,” slated for August at Martha Clara, at Thursday’s work session. Other topics on the agenda included the ethics code, EPCAL and a waiver of building fees. (more…)
Traces of chemicals harmful to humans and wildlife have been found in the Peconic River in the area of the Connecticut Avenue boat launch in Calverton. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
A multimillion-dollar chemical treatment facility currently pumping toxic contaminated groundwater from the Enterprise Park at Calverton — left over from years of pollution at the former Grumman site — is meeting its goals thus far, officials said last week. And while the large plume is not traveling underneath the Peconic River, as feared when it was first reported five years ago, it will take several more years of treatment before it is cleaned up. (more…)
Youth lacrosse players scramble for a ground ball in Riverhead. Parents are proposing an artificial turf field be built at EPCAL. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)
A group of about 15 parents asked Riverhead Town’s recreation advisory committee to build a multi-purpose artificial turf field for lacrosse, soccer and football at the EPCAL site in Calverton. (more…)
Sewer district superintendent Michael Reichel rightly calls the paradox in improving the sewer infrastructure at the Enterprise Park at Calverton a “chicken-and-egg type of thing.” With relatively little development on the 2,900-acre parcel, it’s hard to pay for upgrades. And with no upgrades, it’s tough to draw new development.
The western runway at EPCAL in June 2013. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
To the editor:
I would like to state my agreement with George Bartunek’s Guest Spot last week about positioning the solar farm on the runway at the Enterprise Park at Calverton instead of destroying 30 acres of natural beauty and, at the same time, an important asset in climate control. (more…)
EPCAL is home to at least two endangered species. (Courtesy photo)
Despite striking out at the lower court and appellate court levels, Riverhead Town can challenge a set of new state Department of Environmental Conservation regulations that established stringent new rules for the protection of endangered and threatened species, the state’s highest court ruled Tuesday. (more…)