Riverhead Planning Board hears feedback on enhancements to future web site of Restaurant Depot


A web site plan utility from the house owners of the previous Walmart purchasing middle slated for a Restaurant Depot retailer got here earlier than the Riverhead Planning Board for a public listening to Thursday night time.

The applying seeks approvals to renovate and enhance the constructing the place a little bit greater than half of the 120,000-square-foot Route 58 industrial area will likely be occupied by the meals service provider.

The positioning enhancements proposed for the constructing — vacant since Walmart moved out in 2014 for brand spanking new area in Gateway Plaza, reverse Tanger Retailers on Route 58 — contains the elimination of an present outside backyard middle gross sales space, the development of a five-bay truck loading dock on the southeast nook of the constructing, the set up of retaining and sound attenuating partitions, the set up of recent electrical infrastructure, façade enhancements, landscaping enhancements, up to date web site lighting, and renovation of present asphalt pavement.

The applying was made by the house owners of the Riverhead Plaza Purchasing Middle, Riverhead PGC LLC, a subsidiary of Philips Worldwide Holding Corp. 

Restaurant Depot introduced in November it entered a 15-year lease to fill the area. The enterprise has greater than 130 shops throughout the USA and sells meals, delicate drinks, alcoholic drinks, tools and provides to member eating places and bars. The closest Restaurant Depot is situated in Bohemia.

[See prior coverage: Restaurant Depot inks lease for more than 65,000 square feet of space at former Walmart location]

The applicant’s representatives and venture engineers, in addition to Restaurant Depot representatives, spoke in regards to the optimistic impacts the brand new tenant would have in town.

Larry Cohen, Restaurant Depot’s co-founder and chief working officer, stated the addition of the shop will assist close by small companies.

“One thing we wish to brag about is when many massive retailers open up in an space there’s a by-product that many small companies exit of enterprise,” Cohen stated. “One thing completely different in regards to the Restaurant Depot is, once we open in an space, we help the small enterprise group, we help the small unbiased eating places and we discovered that not solely do they survive, they typically thrive,” he stated.

Philips Worldwide’s Director of Development and Growth William Kugelman stated the leasing staff has been “aggressively advertising and marketing” the positioning through the years and have “spoken to virtually each main retailer, leisure operator, theater operator, distribution facilities comparable to an Amazon and medical amenities, in addition to exploring different choices for the constructing, comparable to workforce housing and senior housing.” The corporate negotiated with Regal Cinemas to web site a multiplex movie show on the web site and even introduced preliminary drawings to the planning board, however Regal pulled out as a result of “inside points,” Kugelman stated.

[See prior coverage: “Regal Cinemas theater on Rt. 58 moving forward; site owner expects to sign lease”]

“This can be a turning level ahead to as soon as once more create a thriving area people purchasing middle, which is able to assist and safe one other co-anchor for the middle, serving to present smaller tenants succeed and finally, we consider, the objective of the group and the City of Riverhead,” Kugelman stated.

A priority of Planning Board members voiced at an earlier assembly was the potential noise impacts that the brand new loading dock actions may generate. Riverhead Planner Greg Bergman stated employees has mentioned sound-related considerations with the applicant. 

[See prior coverage: Planners review Restaurant Depot site plan]

“The candidates have contracted with a sound engineer they usually did present a sound report back to the Planning Board,” Bergman stated. “Out of that report got here the suggestions for the sound partitions and a few of the sound attenuation from the mechanicals up on the roof, in addition to the refrigeration models.”

The Planning Board heard from two residents throughout Thursday’s listening to.

Tom Najdzion, who lives simply west of the purchasing middle on Ostrander Avenue, stated he welcomes the brand new enterprise coming into city, however has considerations about site visitors popping out of the purchasing middle.

“We don’t know what traffic-wise goes to be popping out of that car parking zone,” Najdzion stated. “That’s going so as to add to the chaos that’s already on our road we have already got for the reason that BJ’s fuel station opened” on the nook of Route 58 and Ostrander Avenue. So I’d have an interest to see what site visitors examine goes to return out of this and see what occurs with that.”

[See prior coverage: “Residents frustrated with traffic jams at gas station”]

Wealthy Mazeski, who lives on Kings Drive, immediately south of the purchasing middle, expressed considerations about noise vehicles pulling into the purchasing middle would produce. He additionally expressed considerations in regards to the impact it will have on his property.

“Should you’re going to have all these vehicles going via a method, I’m not going to be a cheerful camper,” he stated.

Andrew Kelly of venture architects VHB stated the noise ranges proven within the examine produced by the agency “are very conservative within the worst case state of affairs” and stated the positioning plan features a new stable fence to be put in alongside the southern property line “which would supply a brand new visible barrier from these neighboring properties past the prevailing chain hyperlink fence there as we speak.”

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