East End residents plan suit to stop new development

Residents of an East End community known for its rural charm are headed to court to keep it the way it is.The Riverhead Town Board

JAMESPORT - Residents of an East End community known for its rural charm are headed to court to keep it the way it is.The Riverhead Town Board recently approved special permits for about 10 acres of property on Main Road in Jamesport, where a developer wants to build a 42,000 square-foot center that would house office space and two bistros.Some residents say this would change the character of the town and that it could negatively affect established retailers.Jamesport Civic Association member Georgette Keller says the group is planning to sue the Town of Riverhead over the development project, which they think would be better suited for a larger town. Keller says she hopes a compromise can be reached.Officials from the Town of Riverhead declined to speak to News 12 Long Island, but some of the board members told the local paper that they approved the permits because they want to build a tax base.

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