Riverhead board against allowing workforce housing at EPCAL – New York News

Riverhead officials plan to reverse zoning regulations that would have allowed developers to build workforce housing at the Enterprise Park at Calverton.


Town board members said after a work session Thursday where advocates and opponents debated the issue that they will introduce a resolution next month to remove the regulations.

Supervisor Sean Walter said the discussion was intended to give the town board insight from people who have dealt with similar situations. He said he wasn’t advocating for building housing at EPCAL, but that due to the need for workforce housing in town, the board should “leave the option on the table” if a business is interested in establishing housing there in the future.

“We have to keep in mind that [EPCAL] is a regional facility,” Walter said. “The residents will benefit, but this is a regional asset, and we have to look outside the borders of Riverhead.”

The town is in negotiations with Calverton-based Luminati Aerospace LLC to purchase the remaining 2,300 developable acres for $40 million.

David Pennetta, executive director of Melville-based Cushman & Wakefield, the real…

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