10/29/14 10:00am
10/29/2014 10:00 AM
Credit: Patrick W. Moore

Credit: Patrick W. Moore

The owners of a Northville nursery who are seeking town permission to build solar panels on 10 acres at the rear of their Sound Avenue farm will first need to prove that no other use allowed under the property’s zoning will be profitable at the site.

Plant Connection, owned by Melissa Daniels and Anthony Caggiano, is seeking a “use variance” from the Riverhead Zoning Board of Appeals to allow them to incorporate a use not permitted by zoning.

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09/30/14 1:06pm
Apple Honda Automotive Discount Center on Raynor Avenue. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Apple Honda Automotive Discount Center on Raynor Avenue. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Editor’s note: This story was edited for clarify and updated at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30.

Some residents of Raynor Avenue in Riverhead are concerned that an existing auto parts store across the street from their homes is on its way to becoming a de facto car dealership.  (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.

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03/28/14 10:56am
COURTESY PHOTO | People skydiving in a vertical wind tunnel. Skydive Long Island is looking to build a new indoor skydiving facility in Calverton.

COURTESY PHOTO | People skydiving in a vertical wind tunnel. Skydive Long Island is looking to build a new indoor skydiving facility in Calverton.

A facility that plans to be taking the ‘sky’ out of ‘skydiving’ got an OK from the town’s zoning board of appeals last week, and will be moving forward with a proposed indoor sky diving facility — essentially a vertical wind tunnel — at the Enterprise Park at Calverton.

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03/14/14 6:00am
03/14/2014 6:00 AM

Seven Republicans, two Conservatives, and a Blank walk into Riverhead Town Hall …

That might sound like the beginning of a bad joke to some, but after the most recent Planning Board appointment, it’s the actual political makeup of Riverhead Town’s planning and zoning boards.

And that’s no joke. (more…)

03/01/14 10:00am
03/01/2014 10:00 AM
NEWS-REVIEW FILE PHOTO | Riverhead Town Hall on Howell Avenue.

NEWS-REVIEW FILE PHOTO | Riverhead Town Hall on Howell Avenue.

There’s still no verdict on whether the Riverhead Zoning Board of Appeals will allow a $10 million addiction research and treatment facility at the Enterprise Park at Calverton, as the board again adjourned its decision at Thursday’s night’s meeting.

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02/21/14 12:00pm
02/21/2014 12:00 PM

A proposed off-site parking lot on Swezey Avenue for Farm Country Kitchen will first require a variance from the Zoning Board of Appeals. (Barbaraellen Koch photo)

Farm Country Kitchen’s proposed site plan with off-site parking will not be approved by the Riverhead Town Planning Board unless it first gets a variance from the town Zoning Board of Appeals, board members said at Thursday’s Planning Board meeting.  (more…)

01/21/14 12:00pm
01/21/2014 12:00 PM
Calverton EPCAL sign

MICHAEL WHITE FILE PHOTO | One of two signs marking the EPCAL entrance along Route 25 in Calverton.

The Riverhead Zoning Board of Appeals is expected to vote Thursday on a proposal to build a $10 million drug addition research and treatment facility on 34 acres at the Enterprise Park at Calverton.

A group of scientists, medical professionals and developers called Calverton Addiction Research Education: New York (CARE NY) is proposing the center for land owned by developer Jan Burman and located within a Planned Industrial Park zone.

The facility would not only research addiction, but also provide temporary housing for up to 100 addiction patients seeking treatment. The patients, who would stay for up to 120 days, would be part of the research while they receive treatment, according to CARE NY’s founder and CEO, Andrew Drazan.

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Since it was first proposed last fall, the project also received a $1 million grant from the New York State Economic Development Council in December.

It’s unclear how a refusal of the application by the ZBA would impact the grant.

Dr. Rickard Terenzi, a retired Stony Brook University researcher who is involved with CARE NY, said at a Jan. 9 ZBA hearing on the proposal that having the test subjects on site is something that’s been missing from previous addiction research.

In the past, scientists studying addiction would literally have to take people off the streets to study their addictions, and many of those subjects would drop out of the research program before it was completed, rendering the research useless, according to Vincent Messina, the attorney for the applicant.

“If you approve this, we believe the primary source of addiction research will be coming from the Calverton site,” Dr. Terenzi told the ZBA.

One of the areas CARE NY plans to study is why some people are addicted to certain drugs and others are not, he said.

The PIP zone allows research and testing laboratories as a permitted use, but the question before the ZBA is whether “a research facility with an accessory treatment center” is a permitted use.

A residential treatment center is not mentioned as a permitted or prohibited use anywhere in the town code.

The ZBA has held two public hearings on the proposal, on Oct. 3, 2013, and on Jan. 9, 2014. At the end of the Jan. 9 hearing, the ZBA closed the matter to further comment. Chairman Fred McLaughlin said the ZBA will render a decision at its Jan. 23 meeting, which starts at 7 p.m.

tgannon@timesreview.com