The area around the proposed logistics center site in April 2021. Image: Google Earth

A Sept. 1 public hearing has been scheduled on the proposed scope of environmental review for a 641,000-square-foot warehouse distribution facility to be built on an approximately 40-acre site on Middle Road in Calverton.

NorthPoint Development of Kansas City, Missouri on July 14 submitted its draft scoping statement to the town planning department and the Planning Board at its July 21 meeting scheduled the public scoping session for Sept. 1 at 6 p.m. at Riverhead Town Hall.

The scoping session provides the public with a chance to weigh in on the extent and nature of environmental review to be given the proposed warehouse facility, the largest of several proposed warehouse-type facilities currently pending in Calverton.

The final scoping document will spell out what the applicant must address in the draft environmental impact statement required for the project, identifying potential significant adverse impacts and alternative measures to mitigate those impacts.

NorthPoint proposes to construct a 641,000-square-foot warehouse distribution facility on a 39.7-acre site on the south side of Middle Road opposite Manor Road. The site, located at 1743 Middle Road has approximately 460 feet of frontage on Middle Road and abuts the entrance ramp to the westbound Long Island Expressway on the south.

The property is in the Industrial A zoning use district, where warehouse is a permitted use as of right.

The developer plans to clear all but 3.2 acres of the presently wooded 40-acre site to build a 16-acre warehouse building with on-site parking consisting of 305 passenger vehicle spaces (10 feet wide by 20 feet long) plus 143 trailer spaces (12 feet wide by 55 feet long) and landscaping.

The proposed design requires variances for maximum impervious lot coverage (70% impervious lot coverage is permitted and 75.4% is proposed), maximum building height (30 feet is permitted and 50 feet is proposed) and minimum non-disturbance side-yard buffer to a residential use (50 feet is required, 10 feet is proposed.)

The facility will require extensions and connections to the Riverhead Water District and the Riverhead Sewer District. County health department design standards project a daily water demand of 25,640 gallons per day for the facility plus additional demand for irrigation and firefighting.

The development will not require the exportation of soils in order to grade the site for construction of the proposed facilities.

The developer in its draft scope projects 65 truck trips and 256 passenger vehicle trips in and out of the site during hours of operation, assumed to be Monday through Saturday.

The draft scope proposes studying traffic impacts on two intersections: Middle Road and Manor Road (which will become a four-leg intersection with the construction of the entrance drive into the Riverhead Logistics Center site) and Manor Road and Route 25. The developer’s traffic engineering consultant will collect intersection turning movement counts at both intersections during peak times in both summer and autumn, the draft scope says.

Economic incentives from the Riverhead Industrial Development Agency are required in order to develop the site, according to the draft scoping statement.

NorthPoint representatives have told town officials and community members that the developer does not have a tenant or tenants for the proposed facility.

The Planning Board last week also adopted a resolution recommending the town hire the New York City-based Sam Schwartz consulting firm to assist the Planning Board in its review of the Riverhead Logistics Center draft environmental impact statement.

Sam Schwartz has already been retained by the town to assist in its review of a 132-acre industrial subdivision in Calverton on property adjoining Splish Splash Water Park on the west side of the park.

Draft Scope Riverhead Logis… by RiverheadLOCAL

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