The new Riverhead Town Hall at 4 West Second Street. Photo: Alek Lewis

Riverhead Town government offices have begun moving into the new Town Hall at 4 West Second Street.

The move is expected to be completed by close of business on Friday, according to a press release sent out by Supervisor Yvette Aguiar’s office.

Town officials ask anyone who wants to visit any of the town departments located in Town Hall this week to call ahead of time, using the phone numbers on the town website. Town Hall will be open with limited access, according to the press release.

The town will hold an official dedication of the new Town Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 11:30 a.m.

The new Town Hall will have a public meeting room as well as office space for the following departments:

  • Tax Receiver
  • Town Clerk
  • Assessor
  • Community Development
  • Code Enforcement
  • Building and Planning
  • Town Supervisor
  • Town Council
  • Town Attorney
  • Information Technology
  • Accounting
  • Engineering
  • Purchasing
  • Town Historian
  • Human Resources and other services.

The current Town Hall at 200 Howell Avenue will be renovated for use as the town’s justice court. The existing Justice Court-Police Headquarters building at 210 Howell Avenue will be renovated to house the police department alone, according to town officials. Details of those renovations, their costs and how they will be financed have not been publicly discussed since the idea was first embraced by the Town Board last year, when the town announced plans to buy the Second Street campus from Peconic Bay Medical Center.

The town purchased Peconic Bay Medical Center’s Entenmann Campus from the hospital in January for $20 million. The campus comprises the three-story, 36,000-square-foot building at 4 West Second Street to be used as Town Hall, along with the bank branch building at 6 West Second Street, currently leased to M&T Bank, the currently vacant two-story office building at 206 Griffing Avenue and the vacant two-story frame home at 214 Griffing Avenue, which had been converted to office use. All but the two-story converted residence are located on one 4.2-acre parcel that stretches from Second Street to Railroad Avenue. The house is situated on a separate lot that’s just shy of a quarter-acre in size.

Riverhead Town financed the $20 million acquisition of the Second Street campus, as well as an estimated $1.5 million in renovations.

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