A proposed medical building with two apartments gained support from local civic leaders during a public hearing before the Southampton Town Planning Board last Thursday.
An application called 20 Riverleigh LLC, submitted by builder Paul Pawlowski of Mattituck, calls for demolition of the former Riverboat Diner building at the traffic circle in Riverside and construction of an 8,000-square-foot, two-story medical building that will also have two apartments.
A $230,000 grant intended for community projects in low-income areas should go toward Riverside instead of Hampton Bays, residents of Flanders and Riverside argued to the Southampton Town Board. (more…)
Riverhead Town officials are debating whether to submit an independent application for a $10 million state grant or apply jointly with Southampton Town. READ
The Southampton Town Board voted 4-0 Tuesday afternoon to approve new “optional” zoning in Riverside, where the town has been engaged in an 18-month-long effort to revitalize the hamlet. READ
After nearly a year in the making, Southampton Town officially has a plan in place to revitalize Riverside — the area’s most economically-stressed and blighted neighborhood.
Bob Summerlin of Northampton speaks at last Wednesday’s “Riverside Rediscovered” meeting, where residents were asked to identify what type of things they feel Riverside needs. (Credit: Tim Gannon)
About eight years ago, Southampton Town officials held a meeting in the Phillips Avenue school on a proposal to revitalize Riverside through the creation of a new Main Street business area, and people at the meeting were asked to break into groups to discuss what type of things they feel Riverside needs. (more…)
An abandoned gas station on Flanders Road just east of the Peconic Avenue circle. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
Peconic Avenue has a new tenant, and locals should take notice.
Renaissance Downtowns has had a sign posted in its storefront for the past couple of months, but with a community liaison now on the ground and officially hired for the job, the for-profit company can officially get to work on charting a course for the future of Riverside.
Is it frustrating — and somewhat typical — to see another plan in the works for the beleaguered community, where making progress has for far too long been on the back burner for Southampton Town and Suffolk County leaders? Yes — but as the saying goes, nothing worth having ever came easy. And area residents have before them a great opportunity with a private company that’s financially invested in gathering public feedback — and crafting a vision for Riverside based on that information. Unlike with a government study, if the plan it ultimately develops isn’t executed, Renaissance Downtowns loses private money. Its motivations are financial, not political. That gives us hope.
However, it helps that political leaders are on board and supportive of the overall effort to lift up the area.
A public meeting will be held next month on a pedestrian bridge that could connect the hamlet with a burgeoning downtown Riverhead. A study has already been completed on the feasibility of a sewer treatment plant in Riverside, and the county seems on board to contribute funds to build one. This fall, voters townwide will go to the polls to determine if the hamlet — along with neighboring Flanders and Northampton — should get what we argue is a much-needed garbage district.
The missing link to realizing a long-term vision for Riverside is a cohesive effort from residents throughout the hamlet, not just a few politicians and civic leaders. While their support is vital, what’s paramount is feedback from those living and working there — and in downtown Riverhead — who will be most affected by long-term changes. They should stop by Renaissance Downtowns’ Peconic Avenue offices, give organizers five minutes if they drop by or, better yet, attend any upcoming meetings. Business mixers and community forums are in the works. Be there and let your thoughts be known.
GRAPHIC COURTESY JAY SCHNEIDERMAN | A possible footbridge that will cross the Peconic River and connect Riverside to downtown Riverhead.
As part of the recent efforts to revitalize the Riverside area, Southampton Town sent out a request for proposals last week for engineering and planning companies to design a proposed pedestrian bridge over the Peconic River. (more…)