This stretch of Peconic Avenue in Riverside will soon be home to the office of a developer looking to change the face of the blighted hamlet.
Riverside’s Revitalization Action Plan is due to Southampton Town within the month.

Renaissance Downtowns, the firm selected by Southampton Town to envision a new future for the blighted hamlet of Riverside, is just weeks away from submitting is Riverside Revitalization Action Plan to Southampton Town, and they’re looking for input from the community as they put the finishing touches on their proposal.

This Thursday, March 19 at 6:30 p.m., Renaissance Downtowns will hold a community meeting, with refreshments, at their headquarters at 110 Peconic Avenue, next door to the town’s boat launch and across the street from the Peconic Paddler.

They’re asking residents to register for an account on their website, here, in order to vote on redevelopment ideas, generated by community members, that they’d like to see in Riverside.

As of Wednesday morning, the most popular ideas included a boardwalk, shuttle bus service, a water fountain and skating rink, WaterFire on the Peconic River, a modern movie theater and a year-round farmer’s market.

Other ideas include restaurants, a supermarket, green spaces, a zip code for Riverside and Flanders, a coffeehouse and café and a children’s museum.

Everyone who votes by tomorrow, March 19, will be included in a raffle for a $50 gift card.

The ideas with the most support will be included in a feasibility study as part of the Riverside Rediscovered Revitalization Action Plan.

You can contact Siris Barrios for paper ballots at 631.591.3926 or siris@riversiderediscovered.com

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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