Rendering of CAT's phase 1A development by CAT's architect BLD Architecture, presented at the Sept. 21, 2022 Riverhead Industrial Development Agency meeting.

In a recent opinion essay published July 5, Riverhead Town Councilman Tim Hubbard clearly stated his opposition to the possible construction and operation of a cargo jetport at the EPCAL property in Calverton.

As the town’s designated developer of this site, CAT recognizes Councilman Hubbard’s concerns and respects his position about any such potential use, and further appreciates the similar concerns voiced by a number of Riverhead residents at the recent public forum hosted by the IDA.

EPCAL needs to be about the ability to attract a broad spectrum of companies to Calverton and, with them, well-paying jobs that expand the town’s tax base and career employment opportunities for town residents. Above all, EPCAL is about working with the town and its residents to enhance its economy by sensibly developing a property that has been sitting idle for over twenty years.

CAT will continue to work with the town to create a plan for a project that is consistent with the town’s vision for EPCAL and in compliance with the adopted studies and regulations that govern its use. We look forward to presenting our development plan at a future public hearing when we seek the required town approvals for the development of EPCAL.

Rest assured, these development plans will not include a cargo jetport.

Justin Ghermezian is the chief executive officer of Calverton Aviation & Technology LLC and vice chairman of Triple Five.

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