A proposed five-story, 45-unit affordable apartment building on West Main Street received preliminary site plan approval from the Riverhead Planning Board Thursday night — but that approval came with 26 conditions, including one that requires that the Riverhead Fire Chief be satisfied that the building has sufficient emergency access along the rear of the building, which abuts the Peconic River on 11 West Main St. READ
WaterFire in Providence, R.I.. Credit: Flickr/Oko Zoko
WaterFire officials will hold their first public outreach event Saturday night to gather input from the community about establishing an installation on the Peconic River. (more…)
Dead fish washed ashore at the Riverhead Yacht Club. (Courtesy photo)
Word of thousands of dead fish washing up on local shores might seem like old news at this point, but another drop in oxygen levels in local waters, coupled with a migration of bunker up the Peconic River resulted in yet another, separate fish kill over the weekend. (more…)
A rendering of the Peconic Crossing project planned for West Main Street. (Courtesy)
A five-story affordable housing project planned for along the Peconic River in downtown Riverhead has received $5.49 million in grants from New York State.
“This is huge; I can’t underscore that enough,” explained Marianne Garvin, the president and chief executive officer of the nonprofit Community Development Corporation of Long Island, which is teaming up on the West Main Street project with a Rochester-based, for-profit developer called Conifer Realty. “Without the financing, you can have a concept and a dream and an aspiration, but you don’t have the project being built.
“This gives us the financing and the ability to actually build what we’re dreaming about building.” (more…)
The view from Route 105 bridge at Indian Island golf course as the Peconic River leads into the Bay. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)
It’s a project that’s been talked about since the 1980s, planned for since 2004, and is anticipated to actually happen something in 2016.
Soon, treated effluent from the Riverhead Sewer Plant will be re-used to irrigate the adjacent Indian Island Golf Course, which is owned by Suffolk County. (more…)
Siris Barrios, community liaison for Renaissance Downtown Riverside Rediscovered in her office on Peconic Avenue. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
In late 2013, the Southampton Town Board hired a private firm as master developer to take the lead in revitalizing the downtrodden hamlet of Riverside. (more…)
When the Riverhead Sewer District finishes its plant upgrade its facility off Riverside Drive, the water being currently treated at the plant would then be pumped through a new, high-tech filtration system before reaching Peconic Bay. (Credit: Paul Squire, file)
Mechanical failure led to Riverhead Town’s sewage treatment plant dumping improperly treated sewage into the Peconic River on three different occasions last month, according to the Suffolk County health department.
Michael Reichel, the town’s sewer plant superintendent, confirmed Friday the plant exceeded the amount of fecal coliform bacteria it is permitted to discharge into the Peconic on Nov. 26, as well as two other days in November, Nov. 5 and Nov. 19.
The town has not been issued a violation “yet”, Mr. Reichel said.
Another incident occurred in August.
The state Department of Environmental Conservation issued a Notice of Violation to the town Thursday, saying the town had until Jan. 5 to respond with a corrective action plan, said Aphrodite Montalvo, a DEC spokeswoman.
The town could be fined up to $37,500 for each incident, Mr. Reichel said.
Houseboat owner Michael Evers with his puppy Tallulah. (Credit: Carrie Miller)
While homeowners across the East End await word of potentially costly water quality regulations, houseboat owners within Riverhead Town are already trying to protect the area’s waters.
For one docked resident, however, the cost of doing so is too high — and it might force him to leave his home. (more…)