Riverhead Town is in the process this week of relocating its offices into the former Peconic Bay Medical Center Foundation Entenmann Campus at 2-4 West Second Street. The transition is expected to be completed by Friday, Sept. 29, and an official dedication will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 11:30 a.m.

Town Board meetings and work sessions will continue to be held at the current town hall at 200 Howell Avenue “until further notice,” according to Town Supervisor Yvette Aguiar.

The former town hall building will become a justice court, a long-needed upgrade. The justice court currently shares space with the town’s also-outdated police station on Howell Avenue, a cramped space where the crowd spills out the door during justice court sessions, which has been cited for not meeting needs required by the New York State Office of Court Administration.

Re-rebranding the reception area.

“The catalyst for this project was to get our justice court into a safe and secure environment,” said Councilman Tim Hubbard when the town board voted to approve the property purchase last August.

“The Justice Court will move into this building and have a courtroom ready to function,” said Mr. Hubbard, referring to the current town board meeting room. “They won’t have to work in portable trailers. In the Justice Court now, you see boxes to the ceiling. It’s absolutely ridiculous.”

The new town hall building is 36,000 square feet, and the property includes the former bank branch on the corner of Second Street and Roanoke Avenue. The town board agreed in August of 2022 to buy the property for $20 million, and to issue $1.5 million in bonds to pay for renovations there.

The telephone numbers for department offices are expected to remain the same during the transition. Any questions about where to visit department offices can be directed to the town’s main switchboard at 631.727.3200.

The town hall meeting room will be located at the new building, along with offices of the Town Supervisor, Town Council, Tax Receiver & Assessor, Town Clerk, Community Development, Code Enforcement, Building and Planning, Town Attorney, Information Technology, Accounting, Engineering, Purchasing, Town Historian and Human Resources.

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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