Peapod delivery trucks outside the Riverhead Stop and Shop Jan.11. File photo: Denise Civiletti

The Riverhead Planning Board last week approved an administrative site plan for Stop & Shop on Route 58, providing for the construction of a 15-foot-tall sound attenuation wall along the supermarket’s boundary with Glenwood Village.

The site plan is the result of years-long negotiations between Glenwood owner Brian Stark and the supermarket’s parent company, Ahold, to address residents’ complaints about noise associated with loading docks on the south side of the building, adjacent to the residential community.

The Stop & Shop building also houses a regional Peapod distribution center. Peapod is a grocery home delivery service. Glenwood residents complained that the Peapod business increased activity — and noise — at the loading docks behind the store.

In addition to the sound wall, Ahold will plant evergreen shrubbery along its border with Glenwood.

The site plan also provides for the installation of a fuel cell cogeneration unit on the east side of the building. The fuel cell will also be enclosed in an eight-foot fence with sound attenuation material.

Stop & Shop is one of several national retailers to implement fuel cell technology to power some of its stores. Others include Ikea, Home Depot and Walmart. The supermarket chain has installed fuel cell units at its stores in Torrington, Connecticut, Mount Vernon, Peekskill and East Wareham, Massachusetts.

Fuel cells generate electricity using an electrochemical reaction, not combustion. They can be powered by hydrogen or natural gas and can provide back-up or primary power. They produce ultra-low or zero CO2 emissions. They have no internal moving parts, but rely on external pumps and small compressors to control the flow of fuel and air into the fuel cell.

Industrial subdivision and warehouse site plan gain approvals

The planning board on Oct. 17 also approved a four-lot industrial subdivision on Middle Country Road in Calverton. The of an existing 32-acre parcel, located within the Industrial C zoning use district, was divided into four parcels of 6.93 acres, 6.42 acres, 6.52 acres, and 12.25 acres. The property is currently improved with a 45,212-square-foot warehouse/storage building, as well as a 12.25 acre commercial solar energy generation facility.

The board also approved a preliminary sitUe plan for the construction of a 6,875-square-foot, one-story warehouse building at 313 Edwards Avenue. The location is a 40,000-square-foot parcel on the west side of Edwards Avenue, approximately 3,872 feet south of Middle Country Road in the Industrial C zoning use district.

Upcoming public hearings

The board scheduled Nov. 7 public hearings on:

A preliminary site plan application to convert an existing two-story, single-family residence into an office, and convert an existing 794 square-foot detached accessory structure into a retail building. The half-acre parcel is located at 498 Main Road, Aquebogue, within the Hamlet Center zoning use district.

A three-lot residential subdivision (Holly Estates) of an existing 5.6-acre parcel at 5314 Parker Road (Route 25A) into three lots. The property is located in the Residence B-80 zoning use district.

A three-lot minor subdivision of a 2.2-acre parcel on Ellen Street in Riverhead, located in the Residence B-40 zoning use district.

Two other public hearings are scheduled for the Nov. 7 planning board meeting:

A proposed two-lot residential subdivision of an existing 2.26-acre parcel located on the northwest corner of Middle Country Road and Kay Road in the Residence B-80 zoning use district.

A proposed site plan application for a 3,062-square-foot one-story retail convenience store at 243-245 and 255 West Main Street in Riverhead. The 38,918-square-foot parcel is located on the south side of West Main Street in the Peconic River Community Zoning District.

The Nov. 7 meeting starts at 7 p.m.

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Denise Civiletti
Denise is a veteran local reporter, editor, attorney and former Riverhead Town councilwoman. Her work has been recognized with numerous awards, including investigative reporting and writer of the year awards from the N.Y. Press Association. She is a founder, owner and co-publisher of this website.Email Denise.