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Walter: YMCA At EPCAL May Be On Hold

New president and CEO may have other plans, supervisor said.

Despite a belief that plans for a new YMCA to be located at Enterprise Park at Calverton  the project may be on hold.

According to Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter, after a new president and CEO, Anne Brigis, took over the reins at the YMCA of Long Island, plans have changed.

"They may want to move to Riverhead school district property on Harrison Avenue," Walter said, to the parcel where bus barns are currently sited.

"Everything they had done in the past is getting changed," Walter said.

Brigis confirmed on Thursday that other alternatives are being considered. "We're exploring all our options at this point," she said.

The supervisor said he has directed Riverhead attorney Frank Isler to stop working on the lease agreement for the YMCA property at EPCAL. "We've expended substantial sums of money already," Walter said.

Walter said Fritz Trinklein, former YMCA of Long Island strategic planning director, was "discharged. We don't know where they're going or what they're doing," he said. "We're in a holding pattern."

Councilman John Dunleavy said after ten years of work on the initiative, "We're back to zero."

Councilwoman Jodi Giglio said the board has done everything they can do to facilitate the project.

Walter said while in the past, the YMCA has said eight acres are necessary, now, be believes, YMCA representatives are stating a need for only three and a half acres.

Councilman Jim Wooten said in his opinion, a location "in the heart of Riverhead" was a more desirable location for the YMCA.

Dunleavy said the school district would still need to find a place for its buses; Walter reminded that in May the board of education recently voted to sell the development rights on 25 acres of Aquebogue land to Suffolk County for $1.325 million.

After the vote, BOE president Ann Cotten-DeGrasse said a new committee was being formed to evaluate what to do with proceeds from the sale, Cotten-DeGrasse said; one option is to relocate the bus garage to a new site and make the current school property only an educational complex.

The thought was discussed when the district bonded last year, but in the end, the BOE held off. "Ideally, we would like to move the garage off into another location," Cotten-DeGrasse said.

 For months, the "Save Main Road" group protested initial plans to site the YMCA in Aquebogue.

L.I.M.A. November 30, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Well walter found the next stall tactic to waste time and keep motorsports from epcal with the new junkyard at epcal . Atleast it is kinda helping the towns people, but we'll see what really happens with the money....
L.I.M.A. November 30, 2012 at 10:28 PM
They'll need the money from the epcal junkyard to pick up the loss and expense of the ymca
Joan Zaniskey December 01, 2012 at 08:23 PM
The pinheads at L.I.YMCA have done it again. When are the residents of Riverhead going to wake up? The Y wants to build a country club at taxpayers expense. The school district doesn't give a hoot about any thing but protecting their jobs and increasing their salaries. Same old story with the same old ending. We all get to pay more taxes to keep this bunch of thieves employed.And our small town way of life with open space destroyed by the greed of developers and the the so called non profit YMCA.
HEMI-ITIS December 05, 2012 at 01:38 PM
A motorsports park would SAVE RHT from the swirl of the toilet. Build it,,,they will come!!!
Pete Scalzo December 05, 2012 at 04:45 PM
HEMI-ITIS as you well know, we want to build it! The exciting thing is that I think that we are closer than ever to be able to do just that. Here is why. The two major concerns that Supervisor Walter expressed as to why he did not want to allow a temporary drag strip are no longer valid. Those concerns were that noise from the track would have a negative impact on the Calverton National Cemetary and that he did not want any activity on the runway or taxiway way because he did not want to "piss off" the DEC.. The noise issue is NOT a problem. Now to address the second issue.The recent actions by the Town to allow IAA to bring storm damaged cars to the runway and taxiway is proof that their attitude has changed as it relates to being open to other use of the area. I feel that until the majority of the Town Board members actually come out and say that there will NEVER be a drag strip at EPCAL, we must continue to point out the merits of a track. Hey, the deal with the insurance company could be over in May. We could still have a "mini season". It could happen! P.S. Guess who the Riverhead Chamber of Commerce named as "Business of the Year" The answer is Riverhead Raceway. A very well deserved honor. Imagine that, a firm involved in motorsports racing named "Business of the Year". .

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