The new 7-Eleven proposed for West Main Street took a step forward last Thursday when the Riverhead Planning Board issued a negative declaration, meaning the project will not require an environmental impact study.
The project, sited across West Main Street from the Suffolk County Historical Society, involves demolishing a vacant car repair building and replacing it with a 3,062-square-foot 7-Eleven convenience store.
It is located within the Peconic River Community zoning district, in which retail stores or shops are a permitted use.
The application still needs site plan approval from the Planning Board before building permits can be sought.
If approved, it will be the fourth 7-Eleven in Riverhead Town; the others are all located on Route 58.