Save Main Road group set to ‘occupy’ Riverhead Town Hall

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | The Village at Jamesport is proposed for this property just west of the hamlet's business district on Main Road.
BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | The Village at Jamesport is proposed for this property just west of the hamlet’s business district on Main Road.

The Riverhead Planning Board will be discussing the findings statement for the controversial “Village at Jamesport” site plan application at its meeting tonight, which starts at 7 p.m.

News-Review reporter Tim Gannon will be blogging live from the meeting.

The Town Board recently accepted a findings statement for a special permit application for the same project. The special permit dealt only with whether professional offices and bistros should be permitted. The site plan deals with the entire project, which calls for 42,000 square feet of development on 9.7 acres along Route 25 in Jamesport, across from the Elbow Room restaurant.

The applicant, Jul-Bet Enterprises, also owns 34-acres to the immediate north of this property, on which the company has proposed residential development in the past.

A findings statement, if approved, marks the end of the environmental study component of a site plan application.

The Planning Board had planned to adopt the site plan’s findings statement at its June 21 work session meeting, which is held in the afternoon, but decided to hold off until a night meeting so more people could speak.

The people apparently got the message.

The “Save Main Road” anti-development group has already indicated on its Facebook site that members and other concerned residents plan to “Occupy Town Hall” to speak at the meeting.

Although the findings statement is not the subject of a formal public hearing, the Planning Board allows the public to speak on any agenda item at the beginning of its meetings.

Village at Jamesport isn’t the only high-profile application on tonight’s agenda.

The board also has a continuation of a public hearing on the Jedediah Hawkins Inn’s proposal to add eight guest rooms in a barn building on the property, and the board also plans to discuss the proposed Central Square shopping center on Route 25A in Wading River.

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