Marriott may soon rise next to Riverhead Hilton

TIM GANNON PHOTO | The Hilton Garden Inn parking lot is packed Friday.
TIM GANNON PHOTO | The Hilton Garden Inn parking lot is packed Friday.

Call them Riverhead’s twin hotels.

Browning Hotel Enterprises last month filed a site plan application to build a second hotel next to the 114-room Hilton Garden Inn on the same seven-acre parcel located on the north side of Route 58, across from Tanger Outlet Center.

The second hotel is proposed to be a 137-room Marriott Residence Inn.

Applicant Lee Browning received site plan approval for both hotels in September 2006 but the approval was for a phased development and required Browning to purchase 71.8 development right credits off of farmland targeted for preservation within Riverhead Town’s Agricultural Protection Zone, which is mostly located south of Sound Avenue and north of Middle Road, in order to build the second hotel.

The site plan submitted last month contains some changes from what was approved in 2006, and thus needs additional town approvals.

The changes include alterations to the footprint of the proposed second hotel and a reduction in the number of floors proposed, from five to four.

In April, the Town Board approved an excavation permit for Browning that enabled excavation for the second hotel to begin.

The permit allows excavation of 14,235 cubic yards of sand, which will generate $28,470 in fees for the town.

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