Town of Riverhead Peconic River/Route 25 Corridor Brownfield Opportunity Area

Recent updates

Click here for a presentation from the June 6, 2015 Town Board work session

On May 20, 2014 a second public Open House was held at the Suffolk County Community College Culinary Center.  Materials from the Open House are available for review and there is still time to provide input. We invite you to view three sets of files about the open house and send an email to with your comments and feedback (your comments will be shared with the project team).

2014-5-20 2nd Open House Summary Final

2014-5-20_BOA_2nd_Open House_presentation

2014-05-20 Open House Boards

On March 26, 2014, a well attended Open House for the NYS DOS Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) grant project (the Peconic River/Route 25 Corridor – from LIE to Riverhead Town Hall) was held at the Suffolk Theater.  Thank you to those of you who attended.  The Project Team received a lot of great input.

For those that missed it and would like to provide input, the Open House materials along with a brief questionnaire are now available. Please click here to download the presented materials and click here for the questionnaire.

Thank you for your continued interest in and support for the Riverhead BOA project.


The Town of Riverhead has received a grant from New York State Department of State to complete a Brownfields Opportunity Area (BOA) Step II Nomination, which focuses on the area along the Peconic River and NY SR 25 from the terminus of the LIE at the west and encompassing Downtown Riverhead.

The BOA Program goal is to identify and overcome obstacles to redevelopment and return underutilized sites to productive use through sound planning and implementation strategies for the area as a whole such as:

  • Aid the Town with analysis materials to extend “Community” designation area within the NYS DEC regulated Wild, Scenic and Recreational Rivers Area – providing additional uses that will still protect the Peconic River but that will incentivize redevelopment of previously developed properties.
  • Coordinate potential roadway modifications/ improvements on NYS Route 25 with New York State Department of Transportation to alleviate traffic congestion issues in the downtown, such as signal timing sensors, intersection realignment, and restriping.
  • Produce an inventory of historic structures in the locally designated area along 2nd Street and assist the Local Landmarks Commission with an application for a new residential district on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Town has already identified nearly two dozen potential sites for inclusion in the Brownfield Opportunity Area as sites of interest.  Many of these sites may not actually contain contamination, but have been abandoned for so long that there may be the impression of contamination or other issues that would inhibit redevelopment.

The Town has undertaken many planning efforts centering on downtown revitalization and feels this process will bring added benefits above and beyond those traditionally associated with a BOA nomination, such as a customized demographic analysis which combines published statistics with surveys and interviews; an economic market trends analysis; and a transportation growth plan, which will identify solutions to current transportation issues and needs for the future.

Click above for a downloadable version of the

Riverhead BOA Study Area Map


The Project Team

The Town has hired a team of consultants to conduct and facilitate implementation of this BOA grant. The project team includes:


We Want to Hear From You

To share input and ideas on what you want to be considered in this downtown revitalization process or to be included on the project contact list and stay up to date throughout the entire project, email with your Name, Email, Address, and Phone Number. You will be notified about opportunities to provide input and hear about project status.


Project Documents, Meeting Minutes, and Presentations

4.25.13 Town Board Work Session with Project Steering Committee Slideshow

10.31.13 Project Update

Work Session Presentation 2.27.14

2014-03-26 NPV Riverhead BOA Public Open House Materials – Final

2014-05-15 Town Board Work Session Meeting – web version

2014-5-20_BOA_2nd_Open House_presentation_website

2014-05-20 Open House Boards Combined- reduced

2014-5-20 2nd Open House Summary Final