EPCAL development gets crucial approval

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has signed a new law that makes it easier for Riverhead to develop Enterprise Park at Calverton, a measure some had called the blueprint for the town’s economic future.

Cuomo’s approval clears the way for the town to transform about 1,200 acres of the 3,000-acre EPCAL, after years of haggling between developers and environmentalists over the former U.S. Navy site.

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To move forward with development, Long Island lawmakers had advanced legislation that would make the town, not the state, the lead agency in any future environmental reviews of the property. The state Legislature approved the bill in June.

The town-owned land lies between Middle Country Road and Grumman Boulevard in Calverton. Riverhead officials had described the site as the “biggest undeveloped industrial park in New York State.”

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