Preliminary Wading River corridor study to be presented today

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | Traffic on Route 25A in Wading River.

An update on the preliminary findings of the Route 25A corridor study will be presented at the Riverhead Town Board’s work session today, Thursday.

The afternoon session begins a 1 p.m. and also will have discussions on a proposal to put a dog park at Calverton Enterprise Park, and the First Baptist Church’s plans for its property, where they have long planned a Community Life Center.

The News-Review will live blog the play-by-play of the afternoon session on this website.

A morning session dealing with a proposal to build a wind turbine at the town’s sewer district property on Riverside Drive will begin at 11:30 a.m.

The Wading River corridor study, which is being conducted by BFJ Planning, was begun in response to several applications for large commercial developments along Route 25A last year. Members of the Riverhead Neighborhood Preservation Coalition, the Wading River Civic Association and the Group for the East End called for both the study, and for a moratorium on processing building applications in the area until the plan’s recommendations could be implemented.

The town board approved the study, but not a moratorium in 2011. One of the four projects that led to calls for the study has since been approved by the town Planning Board.
Recently, those groups have raised concerns that the town is not allowing sufficient public input.

Supervisor Sean Walter said that while work sessions general don’t usually involve public input, he will take comments today when BFJ Planning discusses the study with the Town Board. He also said a public meeting on the study is scheduled for Feb. 22.

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