Riverhead to designate its first heritage area, spotlighting the African-Americn settlers of Bell Town in Aquebogue
The town board Tuesday will designate the Bell Town Heritage Area in Aquebogue, an area located north of Hubbard Avenue settled in the 1930s by four brothers from Powhatan County, Virginia, grandsons of slaves, who migrated north to Riverhead in an era known as the Great Migration.
Town Hall Notebook
A committee tasked with developing ways to enhance the town's transfer of development rights program is unhappy about the town board's failure to act on its recommendations. Town board members say the town lacks the money to do the required environmental analysis necessary for zoning code amendments proposed by the committee.
After historic status causes snag for development plans, the owner of the former Sears, Roebuck building on East Main Street files an application for a demolition permit.
Controversial Jamesport property slated for development could be preserved by county, lawmakers authorize appraisal
Acres of undeveloped property on Jamesport’s Main Road that were once slated for 42,000 square feet of commercial development are being considered for acquisition by Suffolk County.
"It was a shame. It had so much character and added something to the community,” said Doug Corwin, whose family owns the property. His son plans to build a residence for his family there.
The historic Daniel and Henry P. Tuthill family farmstead on Main Road was one of 26 properties statewide nominated for listing, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced June 12.
In My Opinion
The chairman of the Riverhead Landmarks Preservation Commission says the effort to list the Main Road historic district on the National Register failed because the commission didn't anticipate how much citizens mistrust and and fear government intervention.
Facing stiff opposition to a proposal to have the Main Road corridor listed on the national and state registers, Riverhead Landmark Preservation Commission decides to withdraw nomination