'Save Main Road' Group Galvanizes in Jamesport

Group will meet on Saturday.

A group of residents hoping to "Save Main Road" will meet in Jamesport on Saturday to discuss their goals and formulate a plan for moving forward.

On the agenda is a discussion of a legal fund drive kickoff.

The group hopes to preserve the character of Main Road from Route 105 east to Laurel, to the Southold Town border.

Also slated for discussion at Saturday's meeting, which will take place at 11 a.m. at the Jamesport Meetinghouse, at the corner of Manor Lane and Main Road, are a plethora of talking points, including an

Last month, Riverhead Town at Enterprise Park at Calverton, rather than on Main Road in Aquebogue, a proposal that had some residents fearful that their bucolic quality of life would be forever altered.

The group will also discuss a recap of recent decisions involving the The Riverhead town board voted recently to green light two controversial special use permits that would allow for bistros and professional offices at a proposed development in Jamesport.

with residents imploring the board not to move forward. According to published reports, it was later learned that the land involved in the project is in in foreclosure. Residents feel the concept needed more public discourse.

On Saturday, the "Save Main Group" plans to discuss zone uses of Main Road, as well as a research update on incorporate village requirements.

Karin Jensen-Mirabile April 19, 2012 at 02:38 PM
I believe that towns should enact a "law" that makes it mandatory for any vacant or abandoned buildings, spaces, etc., be occupied BEFORE any new buildings can go up. Between downtown Riverhead and Main Road in Jamesport, there are empty storefronts that should be filled and utilitized instead of building another strip monstrosity to take away from our shrinking rural-ness. Right down the block from what I believe is the proposed area for the new stores, there is a shopping center with more empty sites that filled (by the Jamesport PO). Let's fill that up first!
Lisa Finn (Editor) April 19, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Karin, Thank you for your comment. This is an ongoing discussion and Patch invites you all to weigh in with your thoughts and opinions on this development.
Deborah Kusa April 19, 2012 at 06:34 PM
A YMCA is all well and good at Calverton although it will not fill the need for a facility for the residents East of 105 certainly. The Captiol One perations facility building in Mattituck is ripe for development at this time. Can we convince John Kanas to buy it from the very same monolithic company that bought his North Fork Bank Corp., the same monolithic comapny that is now vacating town, and then gift it to the SOuthold Town for future use as a North Fork community YMCA? It is large enough to include an indoor tennis facility as well which would be a huge hit for many residents in our area who currently travel to Westhampton, Bluepoint and Setauket to play during inclement weather/seasons. The exodus of jobs and recreational dollars could be halted by putting this piece of property to work for the Town!
Deborah Kusa April 19, 2012 at 06:37 PM
apologies for the typos above...a word to the wise never write more than a sentence or 2 on your I-Phone!
jim b April 20, 2012 at 11:42 AM
One thing I'd like to see preserved (and restored) is the "Witch's Hat" building on the south side of the road in Jamesport/Aquebogue. I remember seeing this ever since I was a kid (I'm now 65) and I still enjoy seeing this unique little building hunkering by the road side. It's on private property, I assume and I don't know what it's original use was, but it is certainly unique and is now in danger of falling down, by the looks of it. To lose this "North Fork Duck" would be a shame. thank you for listening. Jim
Antoinette April 20, 2012 at 11:50 AM
Karin: I agree with you 100%. As part of our Town's "economic planning", agencies such as the IDA, the CDA, and the Planning Department should work hand-in-hand with local real estate agencies to inform potential developers about properties that are available for development/retrofitting or just plain old restoration. It would be a win-win- less development of new lands and a restoration of an improved commercial property tax base.
mcshaded April 20, 2012 at 12:24 PM
i agree with Deborah. It's a natural fit to make the Capital One building the YMCA. Great location, plenty of space, no new land development, and no gigantic building that will sit empty for years because no new big business will occupy it. Jim, I love the "witch's hat" building too. it was restored once in the early 80's i think, but then they let it fall apart again. too bad. it's adorable and it's been there forever. my father once told me that he could remember that being there when he was a kid and he was in his 80's.
Deborah Kusa April 20, 2012 at 12:29 PM
mcshaded, Thank you.
Lisa Finn (Editor) April 20, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Thanks for your comments! What does everyone else think about the Capital One building?
Eva Salzman April 22, 2012 at 11:04 AM
Couldn't agree more.
Eva Salzman April 22, 2012 at 11:09 AM
I'm getting to be a regular giving my two cents worth. I thought that either Capital One building, Calverton or central Riverhead were good places for a YMCA but can see that those further east might prefer something further east. It looks like Cap One building is unlikely choice for Y but I'd get on board any idea for something civically minded there and think the idea above bout no more building until some percentage of empty buildings filled to be excellent. We're a wasteful society. We're known worldwide wasting food and we waste buildings and land too!
Sherron Francis April 30, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Save Main Road is an important cause. Please tell us where to send the checks. Thanks, Sherron Francis of Small Holdings Farm and Long Island Tag Sales


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