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Aug 12, 2019 2:48 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Plans To Transform Peconic Paddler In Riverside Moving Forward

Southampton Town Planning Board Co-Chairman Dennis Finnerty. VALERIE GORDON
Aug 13, 2019 3:26 PM

The Peconic Paddler may soon offer more than just boat rentals at its location on Peconic Avenue in Riverside.

Property owners Tom Fredette, James Svendsen and Brendan Fredette of Fredette Svendsen LLC — who purchased the property back in April 2017 for $700,000 — plan to build a 2,618-square-foot restaurant and bar in addition to the site’s 1,212-square-foot boat rental space.

The proposed 25-seat restaurant is a permitted use under the existing highway business zoning district and is being proposed as an as of right development.

The pre-submission application for the project was approved by the Southampton Town Planning Board earlier this month, and Tom Fredette said that he is currently preparing a final application.

Brendan Fredette added that the goal is to break ground on the project in November and open by spring 2020, “assuming everything goes smoothly,” he said.

Although a lease is not officially signed, he explained that both the restaurant and boat rental will likely be operated by the owners of Flo’s Luncheonette in Patchogue. Restaurant owner Conner Vigliotta also operates Floasis, a taco snack bar on Corey Beach in Blue Point.

“We’re not working with anyone else at the moment,” Brendan Fredette said. “They’re psyched about the area and the potential of it.”

Tom Fredette said on Monday that he plans to reconnect with the Riverhead Town Board next month to request permission to tap into the municipality’s sewer district, rather than install a low-nitrogen septic system, as permitted under Southampton Town.

In April, the Riverhead board was hesitant to approve the 600-gallon-per day connection, having cited the town’s less-than favorable agreement with the Suffolk County Jail.

“We’re not tremendously optimistic about the connection,” Brendan Fredette said. “Before we put our shovels in the ground, we’ll definitely try again.”

The original plan for the site, which required hooking up to a sewer district, called for a four-and-a-half story hotel, restaurant and bar overlooking Grangebel Park, which is now being considered by the developers as a second phase to the project.

“At this juncture, we’re not even considering the hotel because we don’t have a proper flow of sewage,” Brendan Fredette said. “It’s kind of off the table.”

The plan is to revisit phase two once Southampton Town’s planned 800,000-gallon sewer district is up and running. “We would never do that under Riverhead because they’ve expressed that they really don’t want to do that,” he said.

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