07/08/15 6:00am
07/08/2015 6:00 AM
A couple crosses W. Main St. on Monday afternoon in front of Farm Country Kitchen. (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)

A couple crosses W. Main St. on Monday afternoon in front of Farm Country Kitchen. (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)

Backing out of their parking spaces on West Main Street can get tricky for some Farm Country Kitchen customers.

In fact, according to one Planning Board member, parking has become so dangerous there that he’d feel guilty if someone got injured while cars try to maneuver around one another at the popular eatery — which he feels is bound to happen if nothing changes.

So, the Planning Board is moving to change it. (more…)

06/25/15 6:00am
A birds' eye view of downtown Riverhead earlier this week. (Credit: Andrew Lepre)

A birds’ eye view of downtown Riverhead earlier this week. (Credit: Andrew Lepre)

Twenty one years ago, the News-Review reported that there would “definitely be a 751-space, two-story parking structure” created in downtown Riverhead to address a burgeoning traffic problem.

While that traffic problem remains — and in fact, more residents than ever are living downtown, with more residential units in the works — the parking garage remains a dream.

But that didn’t stop a consulting firm from examining the idea at Town Hall recently after giving downtown traffic a grade of “F.”

That proposal, as well as others, were all part of a wider look into developing downtown Riverhead as it continues to grow — from a traffic perspective, a housing perspective and an overall marketing perspective. (more…)

06/13/14 4:00pm
06/13/2014 4:00 PM
Members of the town's parking committee have called for parking meters downtown, though some board members are hesitant to support the proposal (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch file)

Members of the town’s parking committee have called for parking meters downtown, though some board members are hesitant to support the proposal (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch file)

Is there a traffic problem downtown?

It depends on who you ask.

But members of the town’s parking committee believe a problem exists — and that it’s just a matter of time until it becomes a really big one.  (more…)

03/28/14 12:06pm
03/28/2014 12:06 PM
Riverhead resident Doug Wald speaks before the ZBA meeting Thursday night supporting an application for Farm Country Kitchen. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

Riverhead resident Doug Wald speaks before the ZBA meeting Thursday night supporting an application for Farm Country Kitchen. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

Compliments to the chef.

At least that was the theme of Thursday night’s Zoning Board of Appeals hearing, as speakers overwhelmingly supported an application for Farm Country Kitchen to have an off-site parking lot and other variances needed to continue operating at its riverfront site on West Main Street.

(more…)

04/25/13 12:15pm
04/25/2013 12:15 PM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | A pedestrian walks on the north side oaf East Main Street over a section of the sidewalk where the trees roots tore up the cement. The town temporarily repaired it with asphalt.

The State Department of Transportation will complete a project to replace all the sidewalks in downtown Riverhead by the end of the fall of 2014, officials told the Riverhead Town Board Thursday. Town officials had indicated earlier in the year that the project could begin this year.

Rob Smith of the DOT said at Thursday’s Town Board work session that the job would begin in the spring of 2014 and be done by the fall of 2014. The sidewalks on both sides of the street from Union Avenue to Griffing Avenue would be replaced, and west of Griffing, the DOT would fill in the gaps where there are no sidewalks on the north side of Route 25 as far west as River Road.

The town received $1.2 million in federal grants for the downtown sidewalk repairs in 2005, but waited for the state to do the work, which never happened.

The board on Thursday also discussed the $600,000 Brownfield Opportunity Area grant it received from the State Department of State in 2011. That money is being used on a just underway study, which will be done by the firm of Nelson, Pope and Voorhis, which covers a 452-acre area stretching from East Main Street near Hubbard Avenue to Tanger Outlet Center.

It seeks to help the town overcome obstacles to redeveloping areas near “brownfields,” such as old gas stations or areas that have had contamination, and will focus on issues like parking, traffic flow, and pedestrian and bike uses, among other things. The study will examine existing conditions as well as the possible impact of proposed developments and make suggestions on ways to make improvements for traffic flow and parking downtown.

Click below to read reporter Tim Gannon’s live blog of the work session discussion.

 

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