Riverhead residents worried about plan for Mainstream LLC sober home on Main Street

The proposed sober home would be located across the street from Riverhead Town Hall.

The proposed sober home would be located across the street from Riverhead Town Hall. (1/30/14)

RIVERHEAD - A plan to bring a sober home to Main Street in Riverhead is not sitting well with some residents.

Mainstream LLC wants to turn 755 E. Main St. into a sober home. The company is requesting a special permit from the town.

Mainstream would house about a dozen recovering addicts and would be located across from Riverhead Town Hall.

Some neighbors are objecting to the plan, saying Mainstream already owns five similar facilities elsewhere in Riverhead.

Mainstream's founder Robert Hartmann is a former potato farmer who once struggled with his own addiction to alcohol and pills. Hartman says downtown Riverhead is the ideal location for a new sober home. 

"Riverhead is so conducive to a recovering person, simply because of all the town, county, state and federal services available,” said Hartmann. “Everything is within walking distance."

The town board will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 4 regarding the special permit Mainstream must acquire. The board is likely to vote by March.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

Steven Romeo, of Southold, is charged with 1 Plea deal reached in fatal Cutchogue limo crash; truck driver avoids jail time
Detectives say the driver of a white Jeep 2 Police release pictures of SUV involved in parkway flasher incident
An Amtrak power problem in one of the 3 More headaches for LIRR riders after Amtrak power problem
President Donald Trump proposed dramatic cuts in the 4 Trump proposes dramatic tax cuts for companies big and small
The public hearing will be held at 6 5 Public hearing to be held on Heartland Town Square Project

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Each week, News 12's Doug Geed explores the Check out fun things to do on the East End!

Explore the Twin Forks with News 12's Doug Geed.

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Dog Day Fridays Series

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Long Island with pets up for adoption.

News 12 digs deep to find Long Island's Discover Long Island's Hidden Past

News 12's Danielle Campbell digs into Long Island's roots.

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long On The Spot

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long Islanders know about everything and anything.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE