Group fighting plan to include housing on old Grumman property
A group is coming together to fight a plan that may include housing on the former Grumman property in Calverton known as EPCAL.
The property has been on the market for about 18 months, though the Town of Riverhead has been trying to sell it for years.
Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter says he is close to finalizing a $40 million deal with a company called Luminati Aerospace for about 2,300 acres including both runways and the rest of the land that can be developed.
The issue for civic associations in the area, however, is the possible inclusion of what's called supportive or workforce housing.
The supervisor says companies could have a tough time filling jobs if their employees have no place to live, and that's why the option of housing is important.
"It's directly tied to jobs that you're creating," says Walter. "So the company has to come first and the units come second."
Civic association president Rex Farr says the federal government gave the property to the town for the sole purpose of creating jobs and generating money. He says housing doesn't do that.
"We're making this an issue," says Farr. "But it's not about politics. Democrats, Republicans, independents ... we don't want housing."