Downtown food market and eatery, Luminati Aerospace and EPCAL bike trail receive $1.7 mil in state grants
Several projects in Riverhead Town – from a downtown food market to unmanned aircraft development at EPCAL – were awarded a combined $1.7 million in grants from New York State's Regional Economic Development Council Awards today.
Projects in Riverhead recommended for more than $3 million in state economic development Round Six grant funding
Luminati Aerospace at the Calverton Enterprise Park, which has $80 million expansion plan underway, has been recommended by the L.I. Regional Economic Development Council for $2.5 million in grant funding. Other local grant prospects include Michael Butler's food market plan at the former West Marine building on East Main Street.
Luminati will bring defense aerospace industry back to Calverton — as it brings internet to remote regions of the world
Luminati's ultralight aircraft, capable of perpetual flight — being developed to bring internet connectivity to unserved regions of the world — also has "obvious" military applications for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance purposes. The company, now readying to move into a much larger facility at EPCAL, will seek defense contracts, its founder said.
Riverhead police: Two Florida men arrested on trespass charges for use of runway at Calverton Enterprise Park
Police said the pair were arrested by the owner of Luminati Aerospace, which has the exclusive right to use and control the runway under an agreement it entered last year with the Town of Riverhead, which owns the site.
A 1947 Stinson 108 was forced to make an emergency landing on a runway at the former Grumman site in Calverton yesterday.
The shuttered 84 Lumber, which has been closed since 2012, will reopen on West Main Street after it got the green light from the town zoning board of appeals last night.
Aeronautical engineer Daniel Preston has plans to return the Long Island aerospace industry to its former place of glory from the Calverton site that was once its epicenter.
A town alcohol policy was adopted yesterday, prohibiting alcohol at all events geared toward youth. The board also approved two controversial farm stand laws.
The new owner is developing high-altitude solar-powered communications drones, according to Town Supervisor Sean Walter.