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Debate in Riverhead over possible new construction restrictions downtown

There's debate in Riverhead over whether restrictions should be put on new construction in the downtown area.

News 12 Staff

Jan 7, 2019, 7:59 PM

Updated 1,961 days ago

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There's debate in Riverhead over whether restrictions should be put on new construction in the downtown area.
Between the Suffolk Theatre, the Long Island Aquarium and several new microbreweries, Riverhead has seen a rejuvenation in recent years.
While many agree that affordable housing is needed in Riverhead, others say five-story buildings are simply too much for the small, historic downtown. There's a proposal to limit new construction to two stories, but some people oppose that plan.
Architect Marty Sendlewski says the move would scale back development in the town, adding that having more people downtown is good for revitalization. He says no business person is going to invest millions of dollars in a new project if they're going to be limited to a two-story building.
Riverhead Councilwoman Catherine Kent says the larger, five-story developments are too tall for downtown. She says they block the view of the Peconic River along which the downtown is built.
There are a couple of planned meetings later this month between the town and business owners. The idea is to figure out a way to continue downtown development while also preserving its historic charm.
Many Riverhead residents say what is not being addressed in the debate over downtown revitalization is a serious lack of parking.


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