12/22/13 10:00am
12/22/2013 10:00 AM

TIM GANNON FILE PHOTO |  Looks Great Services, the company that ran into opposition in Riverhead after superstorm Sandy, is seeking to bring in wood chips again.

Justin Purchasing Corps, which last year brought in about 32,000 cubic yards of wood chips from Nassau County to its Sound Avenue farm following Hurricane Sandy — until the town issued a stop work order — is now seeking permission to again bring in more wood chips.

Following the stop work order, the company, headed by Kristian Agolia, filed an application seeing to import 150,000 cubic yards of wood chips and other vegetation to their 41-acre Sound Avenue farm in order to further shred them and allow them to decompose over a six- to 18-month period, after which the finished product would be used to supplement soil.

The Town Board wouldn’t allow it, claiming it was a commercial, not agricultural use, despite a town farmland advisory committee opinion that supported the proposal. In April, the board reached a settlement that allowed Justin Purchasing to to process the existing 32,000 cubic yards of wood chips already on the premises, but does not allow them to import any more.

At Thursday’s work session, Mary Hartill, the attorney for Justin Purchasing, again made an appeal to the Town Board for the original application, but board members instead urged them to first go to the agricultural advisory committee.

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04/02/13 1:45pm
04/02/2013 1:45 PM
Downtown Riverhead, East Main Street, Riverhead IDA

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | The former Woolworth building on East Main Street has been largely empty since the old five-and-dime chain closed in 1997.

The Riverhead Town Board approved a resolution Tuesday granting a special permit for the proposed renovations of the former Woolworth property on Main Street to allow a gym on the ground floor.

The board will also approved a grant a clearing permit for the new Costco shopping center on the north side of Route 58, across from Riverhead Raceway.

News-Review reporter Tim Gannon reported live from the meeting.

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01/17/13 9:50am
01/17/2013 9:50 AM

Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter and Councilman Jodi Giglio debated at Thursday’s work session the merits of applying to bring a Federal Aviation Administration air traffic control center to town land in Calverton.

Ms. Giglio suggested bringing the facility to the Enterprise Park at Calverton, while Mr. Walter favored keeping it at Islip/MacArthur so it doesn’t leave Long Island entirely.

The board eventually sided with Ms. Giglio.

The FAA is seeking to build a new facility that will replace the aging air traffic control facilities in Ronkonkoma and Westbury with one that would serve as a state-of-the-art regional air traffic control center.

The FAA wants to locate the regional facility within 150 miles of New York City, and while the Islip airport is one of the sites being considered.

“It’s perfect for EPCAL,” Councilman Jim Wooten said.

Mr. Walter said the Town Board should at least have Islip Supervisor Tom Croci come to the Riverhead board to explain the importance of the facility to his town.

“I’m not concerned about Islip, I’m concerned about Riverhead,” Councilman George Gabrielsen said.

“It can’t hurt,” Councilman John Dunleavy said, although he questioned why the town always waits to the last minute on applications like this.

Mr. Walter ultimately agreed and directed town Community Development Agency director Chris Kempner to prepare a proposal to bring the facility to EPCAL.

Also at the meeting, the board also did not give the go-ahead to Justin Purchasing’s plan to import shredded wood from Nassau County to its Sound Avenue farm to be turned into mulch, despite a favorable opinion from the town’s agricultural advisory committee.

Instead, the board now wants the county soil and water conservation board to determine whether the land can handle the volume of material the applicant seeks to bring in.

News-Review reporter Tim Gannon reported live from the meeting.

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