Rendering of HK Ventures proposed industrial park for a 30-acre vacant site on Middle Country Road in Calverton. Rendering by BLD architecture/HK Ventures draft environmental impact statement, appendix M.

The supplemental environmental impact assessment for a proposed 412,000-square-foot industrial park on Middle Country Road in Calverton is now available on the town’s website for public review and comment.

H.K. Ventures, the developer of the proposed 30-acre industrial park, was directed by the Riverhead Planning Board in October to prepare a supplemental environmental impact statement to analyze the cumulative traffic impacts of its proposal, in combination with other industrial development in the Calverton hamlet, on the intersection of Edwards Avenue and Middle Country Road.

The H.K. Ventures site is located on Middle Country Road, west of Edwards Avenue in Calverton.

It was an unusual move by the Planning Board because the board had previously accepted a final environmental impact statement from H.K. Ventures. The final environmental impact statement failed to analyze cumulative impacts of the project in conjunction with impacts of multiple solar energy production facilities in Calverton, which was required by the Planning Board’s adopted scoping statement for the project.

After residents complained that the final impact statement did not analyze cumulative impacts, the Planning Board decided to require the supplemental analysis. The board at its last meeting accepted the supplemental DEIS as complete for circulation and public review.

The 30-day comment period will commence on Dec. 14 with the publication of a notice in the State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Environmental Notice Bulletin. The deadline for comments, to be submitted in writing to the Riverhead Planning Board, 200 Howell Avenue, Riverhead NY 11901, is 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 13.

No public hearing is required on a supplemental EIS, Riverhead Town planner Gregory Bergman said at the Oct. 25 Planning Board meeting, when the board was considering requiring HK Ventures to prepare a supplemental impact statement. The planning board has not scheduled a public hearing.

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