A Melville-based energy company has made an offer to the Town of Riverhead of $50 million for 500 acres inside the Calverton Enterprise Park where it would build a 100 MW solar power facility.

In a letter dated June 25, Haugland Group says it would build the facility on the inactive 7,000-foot runway at the enterprise park and an adjacent 275 acres.

Haugland’s offer is a cash offer and not contingent on any third-party financing, according to the letter signed by director Anastasia Song. The company would be able to consummate the transaction immediately, she wrote.

Haugland is also seeking a 12-month option to purchase the second runway for $20 million.

The town would be able to pursue other development possibilities for the rest of the site, Song said in the letter.

“Under our proposal, Riverhead would retain the highly desirable land with fronting on major roadways that would allow future subdivision and development for the benefit of the town,” Song wrote. As a result of the solar facility, the entire redevelopment would be “carbon negative,” which would be “a highly attractive and differentiating factor for industrial companies selecting sites for new facilities.”

The company submitted the offer through commercial real estate broker Jack O’Connor, executive managing director of Newmark Knight Frank.

In a cover letter delivered to the town clerk Tuesday, O’Connor said he originally brought the Haugland proposal to the town in 2014 but “Supervisor Walter never gave them the time of day.”

O’Connor said his clients were “dumbfounded” by the “one-sided agreement” Walter subsequently made with Calverton Aviation and Technology.

“Well, the future can still be Riverhead’s to grab,” O’Connor wrote. “We understand Riverhead has hired legal counsel to review its current agreements. And it is because the agreement is under review that we feel good about resubmitting this proposal as a starting place for a discussion that could lead to a significantly better deal for a sale at EPCAL.”

O’Connor was the broker in the sale of the 491-acre industrial core at the site to developer Jan Burman for $17 million in 2001.

Supervisor Laura Jens-Smith said the offer is a non-starter.

“We’re currently in contract on the property,” she said. “We can’t entertain any other offers at this time.”

In January 2018, a representative of sPower, another solar company, said publicly at a town board meeting that sPower would offer more for the site than CAT. A month later, sPower sued to block that sale, but then withdrew the lawsuit.

Former supervisor Sean Walter acknowledged today he received an offer from Haugland through O’Connor five years ago.

“We had solar project offers coming out of our ears at the time,” Walter said.

“In my opinion, it would be a crime to turn our last economic engine in Riverhead into a solar farm,” Walter said. “Solar farms don’t bring jobs.

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