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Peconic YMCA At EPCAL Not A Done Deal

Peconic YMCA board members still need to vet the plan with the Riverhead Town Board.

A plan to site a proposed YMCA at Enterprise Park at Calverton, instead of at a hotly contested location in Aquebogue, is not set in stone.

“It’s not a done deal yet,” said Brian Stark, a board member with the Peconic YMCA. “It has to work from a financial perspective, and a logistics and location perspective.”

Stark added the initial proposal, which suggested a location on Main Road in Aquebogue for the YMCA, met with an outpouring of protest from residents who said the project would forever alter the community’s bucolic quality of life. A group, has galvanized to protest the project.

The town board, Stark said, was not comfortable with the proposal to construct the facility on the Main Road in Aquebogue. “We had to have a consensus to approve the YMCA in that Aquebogue location. We needed three votes, and we didn’t have them,” he said.

Although in the past, some concerns have been raised about whether sewage capacity at EPCAL, a 2900 acre parcel where the former Grumman Corp was once located,  could handle a YMCA at the site, this week, Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter said, if the YMCA board members agree to an EPCAL location, the facility would likely be sited next to the Calverton Business Incubator on Middle County Road. Walter said he thinks the Peconic YMCA board will be “excited” by the location.

“One reason to put it there is that it’s the closest location to a state-owned sewage treatment pipe.” The town would have to work with the state to facilitate sewage treatment issues involving the pipe, Walter said.

Another possibility, Stark said, could potentially exist, if the Calverton Business Incubator had upgraded their septic infrastructure. “Maybe we could piggyback off that.”

But Monique Gablenz, manager of the Incubator, said there have been no upgrades made since the the original connection was created when the Incubator was built, seven years ago. “We haven’t made any improvements since then,” she said.

Gablenz added that she is not sure if the Incubator’s current infrastructure could handle additional capacity, should the YMCA built.
Walter said the next step is for YMCA board members to meet with the town board and discuss the proposal, likely at its next town board work session on March 12.

Joseph Pinciaro also contributed to this story.

Mindy Vitale April 05, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Why put a YMCA within 15 miles of an existing YMCA? Isn't there a Y in Mastic? A Calverton location will discourage many North Fork residents. Almost 30 miles from Greenport.
Lisa Finn (Editor) April 05, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Thanks for your comment, Mindy. What do the rest of you think? Would you rather see a YMCA situated closer to the North Fork?
Lisa Finn (Editor) April 05, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Kathy Tureski said, on our Facebook page, Yes and no...It's got the land and parking without having an impact on a small village, but it's a bit out of the way. I would just like to see a YMCA put up..would love an indoor pool to swim in during the winter and possibly an indoor track without traveling a great distance! Doug Wald, via Facebook, said, If it's great and supports the communities needs, absolutely. Sue Farrell, said, on our Facebook page, Let's just pick a spot and get it done! I've been waiting over a decade for this. My kids WILL be too big by the time it's done :( Maureen MacDowell, said, via Facebook, Absolutely! We need a YMCA. I'm so tired of my husband having to pay extra $$ to be able to swim at the YMCA in Brookhaven because Riverhead doesn't have one. It's a much needed facility in our town.
Lisa Finn (Editor) April 05, 2012 at 07:57 PM
More comments from the Riverhead Patch Facebook page: Maureen MacDowell: Yes, but the Mastic Y is Brookhaven township. Kirsten Skarka-Cisco: We need a Riverhead Township that's all .. who cares where it goes.. as long as Riverhead Township has rights ! Diane M. Barba: Good Mindy J Vitale Is there a residency requirement to join or use a YMCA?
Lisa Finn (Editor) April 06, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Here are some more comments from the Riverhead Patch Facebook page. Please keep adding to the dialogue. Mindy J Vitale: Is there a residency requirement to join or use a YMCA? Maureen MacDowell You have to reside in the township where it is located or you pay more to use it. Exactly Kirsten! I don't care where it goes as long as it is in Riverhead township and we can use it. I'm tired of giving money to Brookhaven when I live in Riverhead. Richard York: Just wondering if Peconic Y folks have ever looked at if land at the capped landfill on Young's Ave would work? This was successfully done by Southampton Youth Services (SYS) in North Sea within 16 miles of the East Hampton YMCA.
Mindy Vitale April 06, 2012 at 09:22 AM
Maureen, are you sure about the residency requirements? Here is an example from the Patchogue Y, their membership fees. http://www.ymcali.org/Patchogue/Membership.aspx
eddie amodeo June 11, 2012 at 11:41 AM
a ymca would be great for the area--however --looks like another deal going bad at epcal!!!--whats the town doing wrong? oh--by the way----whats happing with the ball field? the one at epcal.----sadly,eddie amodeo

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