07/03/15 12:42pm
07/03/2015 12:42 PM
A two-story restaurant is being proposed for a sliver of land between the Route 58 Taco Bell and Harrison Avenue. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

The 16-seat restaurant is proposed for a sliver of land between the Route 58 Taco Bell and Harrison Avenue. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

The Riverhead Town Planning Board has rejected a proposal to build a new restaurant on three-tenths of an acre between the Route 58 Taco Bell and Harrison Avenue.

The board voted 3 to 2 against the preliminary site plan at Thursday’s meeting, with Ed Densieski, Stan Carey and George Nunnaro opposed and Richard O’Dea and Joe Baier in favor.

“I’m a strong supporter of property rights,” Mr. Densieski said. “But this is the epitome of poor planning.”

He added public safety is an important issue that must be considered.

Planning Board attorney Bill Duffy said he may recommend the board also vote against the final site plan at a future meeting.

Applicant Chuck Chockalingam of Guddha LLC, who acquired the lot from the county in a tax default, has decreased project’s size to a 16-seat, 1,300-square foot restaurant. The project, which dates back to 2012, at one time called for a 24-seat, 2,720-square foot restaurant.

In 2006, someone leasing the property from Mr. Chockalingum had submitted an application to build a Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog restaurant.

As for the latest proposal, Mr. Chockalingum said the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals granted his request for variances on the required setbacks last week. The ZBA’s action, in fact, was re-approving the request that had expired.

Mr. Chockalingum has claimed that he’s allowed to build a restaurant since the property’s designation as a single and separate lot was created in 1950 before local zoning.

In March 2014, the Planning Board voted against a resolution approving the project following a debate in which Mr. Chockalingham, who said he is of Indian descent, implied there was a bias against him, though stopped short of calling it racism.

The normally talkative Mr. Chockalingham left the room without comment after Thursday’s vote.

tgannon@timesreview.com

 

 

01/13/15 5:00pm
01/13/2015 5:00 PM
Farmer Lyle Wells was ousted from the Planning Board last week. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Farmer Lyle Wells was ousted from the Planning Board last week. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

After longtime Planning Board member Lyle Wells expressed surprise and disappointment after being replaced at the beginning of the year, one Town Board member who voted to remove him said Mr. Wells had acted unethically by voting on applications he was also in a position to profit from — a charge Mr. Wells emphatically denies.  (more…)

08/22/14 3:00pm
08/22/2014 3:00 PM
Densieski. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Ed Densieski, a former town councilman, spoke against the proposed mixed-use plan for EPCAL. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Riverhead Planning Board member and former town councilman Ed Densieski has slammed a plan to split the 2,300-acre Enterprise Park at Calverton into 50 mixed-use lots, saying the proposal would only lead to the site being turned into a residential area.  (more…)

07/11/14 10:00am
07/11/2014 10:00 AM
The subdivision planned across from Hering Farm on Youngs Avenue in Riverhead has been in the works for 25 years. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The subdivision planned across from Hering Farm on Youngs Avenue in Riverhead has been in the works for 25 years. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Twenty-seven new homes are being proposed for Youngs Avenue in Calverton, right next to the town landfill.

The preliminary subdivision application calls for residential lots averaging 30,000 square feet and two large areas of open space on a 51-acre site immediately west of the Riverhead Town landfill, which is no longer used for that purpose.  (more…)

03/09/14 7:30am
03/09/2014 7:30 AM
A two-story restaurant is being proposed for a sliver of land between the Route 58 Taco Bell and Harrison Avenue. (Credit: Tim Gannon, file)

A two-story restaurant is being proposed for a sliver of land between the Route 58 Taco Bell and Harrison Avenue. (Credit: Tim Gannon, file)

The Riverhead Town Planning Board once again postponed making a decision on Guddha LLC’s proposal to build a 24-seat, 3,200-square-foot restaurant on a .03 acre sliver of land on Route 58  in between Taco Bell and Harrison Avenue.   (more…)