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You Tell Us: Big Ideas for Making Riverhead Better

As downtown Riverhead continues its rebirth with revitalization efforts and new businesses popping up on every corner, we'd like local residents to share ideas about what you think will make Riverhead even better.

There's an energy in Riverhead these days. An almost tangible feeling of excitement as revitalization continues and new businesses invest money and dreams in a burgeoning downtown area.

The Peconic waterfront continues to take shape, with Grangebel Park being spruced up, a new playground, and a community garden planted by residents with deep roots in Riverhead.

But there are areas of Riverhead where questions still remain: Enterprise Park at Calverton, for example, has a future that's yet to be mapped -- and we'd like to see what you would like to happen on that large parcel. Would you like paragliding -- or drag racing?

Also, many have spoken out about proposed development on Sound Avenue -- where do you think the balance between new business and bucolic vistas should lie?

It's times like these that people get to thinking about the home and the town they love so much, coming up with their own ideas -- whether they be big dreams, filled with imaginative solutions, or practical fixes that are doable today -- to keep Riverhead on its current path to a bright revitalization, while still holding true to the values and businesses that have been its backbone for generations.

So let's hear your ideas.

In the spirit of putting the local dreamer and the civic leaders on the same plane, we'd like to give all locals the opportunity to share their big ideas for Riverhead. In this forum, no idea should be shot down. Instead, let's gather as many suggestions as we can so we can later narrow the list down to the 10 most popular ideas for the Riverhead community.

We can't wait to hear what you come up with.

Greg Fischer September 26, 2012 at 01:45 PM
It is not true that "new businesses popping up on every corner"; they are moving from other corners and total commercial vacancies are going in which direction? As to Epcal, it needs to be driven by a long-term business plan and not a real estate development plan --- start from the question, "what does the world and the region want and need to buy?" Then encourage design/production/providers for that to locate at Epcal. It could be built around a theme (like racing) and it could incorporate other entertainment. It could be new energy technology. It could be a lot of exciting growth segments or any combination of them once we cut costs as an incentive. How would we cust costs? We could start with our own Municpal Power Authority and kick LIPA out of Riverhead.
Pete Scalzo September 26, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Any activity on the unused runway at EPCAL is very exciting because this use can bring IMMEDIATE income to the town, wholesome familly entertainment, jobs, increase in revenue for local business and as it relates to drag racing, make the streets safer. Lets not make a CHOICE between Paragliding and Drag Racing. My proposal would include coexisting with not only Paragliding but also other forms of motorsports such as SCCA events, a road course, Autocross, and why not a Skip Barber type Driving School? These events could be permitted to operate on a "temporary" basis while the town explores ideas for long term use. Although my effort and expertise is directed towards a drag strip, I would have no problem working with these other groups. We are now talking about a VERY large number of people that these events would attract. The town has the potential to receive rental income from ALL of these events
j troyan September 26, 2012 at 11:37 PM
I would like to see a suffolk coliseum i gets old driving to nassau county or going to the city.
Jerry King September 27, 2012 at 10:50 AM
Pete S., you expressed my thoughts exactly; thank you. There is plenty of room for all kinds of Motorsports and other fun activities at the former Calverton Airfield. The beauty of it is that, as you say, all can be tried on a “temporary” basis to see if the activities are a good fit for the property without too much investment. My dream would be to see one of the existing runways used as a drag strip and the other runway kept as a restricted private airfield (permission required to land) for use in conjunction with Motorsports and other special events. The ability to fly in to a racing event literally next door could open the possibility of developing a truly world class racing facility.
C Baldwin September 27, 2012 at 11:21 AM
Solar farm at Epcal feeding back to the grid for a renewable source of town revenue.
Michael B Mahon September 27, 2012 at 05:11 PM
A Trolley bus, that runs from the Tanger Outlets, by the Hotels and then Downtown Riverhead all the way to the Aquarium. Every Day, all day. Can be used by visitors and workers alike. Once you know that there is transportation, you can live downtown and work the outlets. People love to ride trolleys.
Greg Fischer October 21, 2012 at 09:38 AM
Want a big change on a small scale? CUT THE TOWER LAW IN HALF for wind power! Let owners build towers that are TWICE as tall as the distance to the fence provided they can not hit a neighbor's structure or driveway, meets a town engineering/windload specification, and the neighbor signs off on it. Right now the limit is the fence; the same height limit rule does not apply to trees.

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