The Riverhead Town Board held public hearings Tuesday on zoning proposals that would make it possible for plans for a multiplex movie theater on Route 58 to move forward.
The only person who addressed the Town Board during the hearings was Charles Cuddy, the attorney for the owners of the former Walmart site where a 10-to-12-screen movie theater is proposed.
Mr. Cuddy said after the meeting that his client, Riverhead PGC, is negotiating with Regal Entertainment Group to develop a multiplex at the vacant building.
If approved, the proposed zoning would allow movie theaters as a special permit use in the shopping center zoning district, which includes several locations along Route 58.
Riverhead Raceway movies
The Town Board approved Riverhead Raceway’s proposal to show outdoor movies on two Friday nights this summer, June 17 and July 1.
If those events go without any incidents, then town officials said they’ll approve the following additional dates: July 8, 15, 22 and 29; August 5, 12 and 19; and Sept 2.
Films will be shown from 6 to 11 p.m. on a portable screen and sound will come through the car radios.
Board members had expressed concern about the number of movies planned and said the Raceway might need a site plan if it’s going to run movies on a regular basis.
Dawn Thomas returns to Town Hall
Former town attorney Dawn Thomas was appointed to a deputy town attorney position with an annual salary of $100,000.
Ms. Thomas fills a vacancy created when Bill Duffy left his position to become Southold Town Attorney last year.
To read a recap of News-Review reporter Tim Gannon’s live blog of the meeting, click below, and scroll down for the full agenda.