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The applicant behind an apartment complex at 205 Osborn Avenue will seek final site plan approval at the next Riverhead City Council meeting on July 6.

The board previously granted preliminary site plan approval in February for the project, which will include a five-story building with offices on the ground floor and 37 apartments on the upper floors. Greg Bergman, a planner with Riverhead’s planning department, described in Thursday’s working session some of the hurdles the claimant faced in preparing for final site plan approval.

The applicant also plans to attend next week’s business session for further discussion of the resolution before the board vote at the July 6 meeting. The applicant is seeking this approval before the July 11 meeting of the Riverhead Industrial Development Agency. Huntington-based development group G2D Group is applying for IDA’s Uniform Tax Exemption and hopes to receive those final approvals.

“Move as fast as you can,” Councilman Bob Kern said.

The building would be constructed at the corner of Court Street and Osborn Avenue, where the former Long Island Diagnostic Imaging was located before its recent demolition. The building had been vacant for a long time and a growing horror.

The same developer is behind the 331 E. Main St. apartment project, which features 36 luxury units. The project is dubbed The Shipyard by the developers.

“There would be certain conditions that would carry over to the preliminaries [site plan approval]said Mr. Bergman. “The council was looking for pre-construction surveys of neighboring properties similar to what we did at 331 just to ensure there is no damage to neighboring buildings. And a few other buttoned notes.

Councilor Ken Rothwell asked if any concerns had been raised about vibrations disturbing neighboring properties of the Riverhead Free Library or the Suffolk County Historical Society. No problems were reported, the claimant’s representatives said during the working session, and they have vibration monitoring in place.

“It’s a different method of construction than what was happening on Main Street,” said Chris Kent, an attorney for the plaintiff.

The project is the first to be presented to the Board of Directors as part of the Railroad Avenue Urban Renewal Area Overlay District. The neighborhood was adopted in January 2021 and allows for increased development density for specific parcels. The city has since appointed a lead developer for the Railroad Avenue transit-oriented development which will be highlighted by a 243-unit mixed-use apartment complex and parking garage. Building 205 Osborn would have 37 apartments. The majority of them, 24, would be one bedroom and 10 would be two bedroom. The other three would be studios.

A rendering of the proposed mixed-use building at the intersection of Osborn Avenue and Court Street. (Credit: G2D Development)

Mr. Bergman said there were several issues related to vegetative buffers that the applicant needed to address to support the site plan application. Three existing trees on the western boundary of the property with the library were originally intended to remain. However, based on proposed improvements to edging, landscaping and lighting, “it’s proven to be very difficult for these trees to stay as they are,” Bergman said.

The plaintiff requested permission to remove those trees and replant six emerald green arborvitae at a height of eight to 10 feet each, Mr. Bergman said.

He stated that the applicant had received approval from the library manager, which was required prior to final site plan approval.

The applicant will also remove an existing vegetation buffer on the northern boundary which is entirely on library property. The claimant said he received approval from the library on Thursday to remove those trees and replace them with 17 emerald green arborvitae.

“It will beautify the area,” said supervisor Yvette Aguiar.