Main Street, 2010. File photo: Peter Blasl

Riverhead Town will hold a “Downtown Summit” on Feb. 5, 2009, Town Supervisor Sean Walter announced today. It will be held at 121 East Main Street, Riverhead at 11 a.m.

The past few years have seen Riverhead’s Downtown fall onto hard times, the supervisor said in a press release. “Downtown maintains a vacancy rate of approximately 70 percent. A long time ‘Master Developer’ agreement with Apollo Enterprises was recently cancelled by the Town and a number of projects slated to be built in Riverhead have not moved forward,” the press release said.

“The longest journey begins with the first step,” the supervisor said. “I have organized this ‘summit’ as a first step to bring capital sources, potential tenants, business owners, landlords, developers and governmental agencies together to talk, meet and discuss the future of downtown Riverhead. The Riverhead Downtown Summit will be the first step in a new way of doing business in Riverhead. No longer will we complain or cry about downtown. Today we will roll up our sleeves and get to work. Today we begin the process of renewing our downtown,” Mr. Walter said.

“Our administration is committed to acting as a facilitator not a roadblock…our summit will bring private sector forces together.”

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