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POLL: A YMCA on Main Road in Aquebogue?

'Save Main Road' proponents say the facility is not suited for the area. What do you think?

Saturday morning, a few dozen members of the community for a spirited discussion driven by a .

It's not the first time a YMCA has been proposed in Aquebogue - four years ago, a proposal to collaborate with the Riverhead Central School District in building one on Tuthills Lane failed to come to fruition. As have attempts to build near Stotzky Park, at Enterprise Park at Calverton, and on Route 105.

Proponents of placing a Y on Main Road in Aquebogue have said that no parcels downtown are large enough to suit a YMCA. And now that the Y has determined to purchase its own land privately, officials point out that finding a place to build requires a willing seller to sell at the right price.

Opponents of a Y in its suggested location - across from Vineyard Caterers - say they favor a YMCA in the area, but point to the 40,000-square-foot facility and another mixed-use proposal in Jamesport as examples of development not suited for that stretch of road. The facility would need to obtain a town board-approved special permit for an educational facility in order to build the Y there. No formal plans have been submitted in town hall yet.

On Saturday, Councilwoman Jodi Giglio suggested that if the public wants a Y that badly, the town should consider stepping up and building a facility on its own, which the town's Master Plan alludes to: "Barring the development of a YMCA or school swimming facility, the Town should consider building its own public pool."

Angela DeVito, vice president of the Jamesport-South Jamesport Civic Association, suggested that the group reach out to the Y and work with them toward finding a new location.

What do you think about a YMCA on Main Road in Aquebogue?

Robin March 12, 2012 at 04:43 PM
where would the Town get the money to build such a facility? sheesh!
Jonathan Allen March 13, 2012 at 11:16 AM
The Y built a facility in my home town of Ellington, CT. It fits perfectly into an area of mixed farming, residential and commercial use. It is more than a "gym" as it offers educationial programs on nutrition, health, cancer survival; the building was the 2011 winner of the CT chapter of the American Institute of Architects. As my wife and I plan to return to Cutchogue in retirement, we look forward to transfering our membership. Check it out at www.ghymca.org/indian. Jonathan Allen
charles rimicci March 13, 2012 at 01:56 PM
good idea why must the area look like country time to think outside the box and as far as town of riverhead doing that that is absurd if we waited for them it would never happen they drag their feet on everything except if it benefits the politicians
Erin Schultz March 13, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Jim Ryan said on Facebook: "A YMCA is needed on the North Fork and I think the location is ideal."
Erin Schultz March 13, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Elizabeth Saraceno said on Facebook: "Why would you even question encouraging family envolvement, neighbors and also jobs for healthy lifestyle, support, fundraising within community and group exercise programs inviting nothing but goodness, exercise, special olympics, teaching children to swim, etc...?"
Erin Schultz March 13, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Edana Cichanowicz said on Facebook: "With downtown Riverhead's empty store fronts, and ample parking, I believe it would have made more sense to put it there."
Erin Schultz March 13, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Vin Ricciardi said on Facebook: "Put it anywhere except my backyard; typical north fork response. The place is perfect. Build the damn thing already. It's been 10 years of talk - enough already."
Erin Schultz March 13, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Kate Williamson said on Facebook: "It's been longer than 10 years. I was looking at Riverhead High School yearbooks from the late 60s, and kids were on a committee to bring a Y to Riverhead way back then. I say build it!"
Erin Schultz March 13, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Jim Ryan said on Facebook: "The article said " a couple of dozen people". If someone were giving out checks for a million dollors, "a couple of dozen people" would object. Lets got moving with this project."
Erin Schultz March 13, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Carmine Arpaia said on Facebook: "Saving the pristine rural character of the main road sounds like a bogus excuse to me..."
Erin Schultz March 13, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Carol Gorman said on Facebook: "The East End needs this!"
Erin Schultz March 13, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Pam Hunt said on Facebook: "Let's not let the Nimby's ruin things for everyone else. Many more people want and need this Y. Nimby's go to meetings. The rest of us need to be heard. Tell the Board you want the Y."
trailblazer March 13, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Ample parking downtown are you kidding? There isn't enough parking downtown right now for anything. What are you looking at?

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