City council holds hearing on five-story building


Riverhead City Council is expected to hold a public hearing on the site plan for a controversial apartment complex near the Suffolk County Historical Society and the Riverhead Free Library.

The December 7 meeting starts at 2 p.m.

The application, called 205 Osborn Ave., which is also its address, is for the construction of a five-story, 50-foot-high mixed-use building that includes ground-floor offices, conference rooms, and amenity spaces for residents of the upstairs apartments.

The request also provides for a total of 38 residential apartment units on the second to fifth floors, as well as a rooftop patio for the use of residents of the building.

The site plan provides for nine two-bedroom units, 25 one-bedroom units and four studio units. In addition, the apartments will be rented at market rates, according to developer Greg DeRosa of G2D Development in Huntington, the developer.

G2D is also building a five story apartment complex at 331 East Main St. in downtown Riverhead.

The city council on September 21 has already issued a “negative statement” for the Osborn Avenue project, which means that no further study is necessary.

At an Aug. 26 Zoning Appeal Board hearing on a proposal to allow nine zoning overrides, a number of speakers further opposed the project, saying it is too large for the property.

The development also lacks four parking spaces compared to what is required, with 35 spaces instead of the required 39. However, officials say it sits across from a city parking lot that is rarely at full capacity.

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