A four-story building with two ground-floor retail spaces and nine rental apartments on the three upper floors is planned for a one-eighth acre lot on McDermott Avenue.
The proposed development at 12 McDermott Avenue would offer market-rate rentals consisting of six one-bedroom units and three two-bedroom units ranging in size from 517 square feet to 904 square feet.
The development does not include any on-site parking. The site is within the Riverhead Parking District and is not required to provide any off-street parking for tenants.
The proposed building will stand 49 feet tall with a total height of 58 feet including architectural elements, according to a planning department staff report prepared by Planning Aide Greg Bergman.
The site, located in the DC-1 Zoning Use District, is currently improved with a two-story, wood-frame, single-family residence and is situated directly across from the five-story Riverview Lofts building.
Multistory, multifamily buildings are allowed in the DC-1 district by special permit of the town board. The town board also has jurisdiction over site plan approval in the downtown urban renewal zone.
The proposed development is a Type I action for purposes of review under the State Environmental Quality Review Act, Bergman wrote in his report, dated July 22 and presented to the town board at its work session this morning.
The plan has been referred to all involved agencies and comments have been received, Bergman wrote.
The planning department “staff recommends the town board assume lead agency status and issue a negative declaration, as there are no foreseeable negative environmental impacts that are anticipated to result from the proposed project,” Bergman wrote.
The town board in 2006 approved a site plan application for a four-story building at the site. It subsequently granted two 12-month extensions, the last of which specified no further extensions would be granted. The last extension expired April 6, 2014.
The developer of the project is Zenith Group NY, which has its headquarters at 220 Roanoke Avenue in Riverhead. Its principal is Raymond Castronovo.
Architect Jeff Zahn represented the office of Martin Sendlewski of Riverhead, the architects for the developer.
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