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Downtown food market and eatery, Luminati Aerospace and EPCAL bike trail receive $1.7 mil in state grants

Architect's rendering showing concept of indoor open market at the former West Marine building. Credit: Wormser+Associates

Several projects in Riverhead Town – from a downtown food market to unmanned aircraft development at EPCAL – were awarded a combined $1.7 million in grants in New York State’s Regional Economic Development Council awards.

The economic grants, announced today by Governor Andrew Cuomo, doled out $62 million to 101 projects on Long Island. More than $700 million was awarded to hundreds of projects across New York State.

Four projects in the Town of Riverhead were selected to receive grants from the state’s economic development council awards.

The East End Food Market on East Main Street in Riverhead — a proposal by Woolworth Revitalization developer Michael Butler to build a food market, production kitchens, restaurant and workforce housing at the long-vacant former West Marine building — received $200,000 in state grant funding.

Luminati Aerospace, the unmanned aerial vehicle manufacturer that opened up in Calverton this year, received $1 million for its projects, which include plans for an $80 million expansion of its facilities at EPCAL.

The Town of Riverhead was awarded $500,000 for the completion of the popular bike trail at EPCAL, Vietnam Veterans Recreational Trail.

And the Family Community Life Center, the workforce housing and community center development proposed for Northville Turnpike in Riverhead, was awarded a $10,000 grant to conduct a feasibility study for its sewer pump station system.

This year marks Round Six of the state Economic Development Council awards, made through a network of 11 regional economic development councils disbursed across the state.

Each year since 2011, New York’s Empire State Development has made more than $700 million in grant awards to projects across the state.

In 2015, Suffolk County saw more than $30 million in Round Five funding, including $1.85 million for projects in the Town of Riverhead.

Katie Blasl
Katie, winner of the 2016 James Murphy Cub Reporter of the Year award from the L.I. Press Club, is a reporter, editor and web developer for the LOCAL news websites. A Riverhead native, she is a 2014 graduate of Stony Brook University. Email Katie