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Firm chosen to rebuild Riverhead town offices

A Wading River firm has been awarded a $403,300 contract to rebuild Riverhead’s stand-alone building department offices, which were destroyed in a fire last year.

Almas Construction submitted the lowest of five bids on the project to rebuild the single-story structure across the street from Town Hall. The bids ranged up to $679,000.

The April 16, 2010 fire forced the building department to relocate to another building near Town Hall on East Main Street.

Town officials said the work should be completed by November.

The reconstruction, along with the recent retirement of building department administrator Leroy Barnes, led Town Supervisor Sean Walter to consider merging two departments and creating a unified department of building and planning. No final decisions on such a change have been made, Deputy Supervisor Jill Lewis said.


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