The Route 58 site slated for the construction of a new auto dealership. Photo: Denise Civiletti

The Riverhead Planning Board on Thursday granted preliminary site plan approval for a new auto dealership on Route 58.

The board unanimously approved the site plan for 31,146-square-foot, two-story building for Riverhead Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram at 1716 Old Country Road. The new facility will be used for the sale and service of new and used autos. The existing building on the site will be demolished to make way for the new development on the 170,673-square-foot property west of Mill Road. The site, currently used for truck sales by the owners of the West Main Street dealership, was previously developed as a mini-golf and batting cage facility.

The planning board also granted preliminary site plan approval for a 5,400-square-foot single-story warehouse building on a 1-acre parcel at 1281 Pulaski Street.

In other action the board:

Granted administrative approval to facade changes at the Target store at 1150 Old Country Road.

Approved a three-lot minor subdivision of an existing eight-acre parcel at the northeast corner of Sound Avenue and Penny’s Road, located in the RA-80 zoning use district.

Approved a two-lot minor subdivision splitting a half-acre acre parcel at 609 Northville Turnpike, located in the RA-40 zoning use district.

Scheduled an Oct. 3 public hearing (7 p.m.) on a two-lot minor subdivision splitting a 2.26-acre parcel on the northwest corner of Route 25 and Kay Road in Calverton, located in the RB-80 zoning use district.

Approved a resolution seeking lead agency status in the review of a site plan application for a 7-Eleven retail store on West Main Street across from and just east of Osborn Avenue, and also issuing a negative declaration under the State Environmental Quality Review Act.

Approved a resolution seeking lead agency status in the review of the Central Square at Wading River site plan and classifying the application as a Type I action pursuant to SEQRA. The applicant seeks approval of a 50,000-square-foot shopping center, including a 4,250-square-foot bank, a 5,307-square-foot, 150-seat restaurant, two buildings of 9,786 square feet each, with retail and professional office uses, and two buildings of 9,989 square feet each, with retail and professional offices, on the northern portion of a 372,106-square-foot vacant parcel located on the south side of Route 25A in Wading River, approximately 1,373 ft. east of Wading River-Manorville Road.

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Denise Civiletti
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