Mixed-use development could be coming to Calverton as part of settlement

A 35-acre site in Calverton once slated for a YMCA is now the subject of a proposed settlement that would allow for a mixed-use development on most of the property.

Calverton Manor LLC had sued Riverhead Town in 2005 after the town changed the property’s zoning as part of the 2003 master plan update. The site is located on the northwest corner of Route 25 and Manor Road.

Developers Vincent DiCanio and Charles Mancini had proposed a development that at one point included an assisted living center, a YMCA, affordable housing and stores as a possible solution to that lawsuit.

The latest proposed settlement, which was discussed by the town Planning Board Thursday, calls for 20.79 acres to be developed under the property’s prior zoning, Business Center, with the other 14.75 acres being zoned agricultural protection zone, and proposed to be left open except for town walking trails, according to planner Joe Hall.

The proposed development would be built in four phases and would allow five to six buildings.

There would be no more than 40 residences permitted, under the proposed settlement, and at least four of them would be required to be workforce housing, in accordance with the county’s Long Island Workforce Housing Act, Mr. Hall said.

No site plan has been filed yet, and the settlement has not been approved, Mr. Hall told the Planning Board. However, the Planning Board is required to declare itself as lead agency in the review of the project and to declare a negative declaration, which indicates that an environmental impact study is not needed.

The Planning Board took no formal action on the proposal, although board members Ed Densieski and Lyle Wells both said they would prefer the open space not be conveyed to the town, because they feel it would be better taken care of under private ownership.

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