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WHAT'S WRONG WITH THIS EPCAL DEAL?



Our Town is about to sell most of your land at the old Grumman property in Calverton, known at EPCAL.  That's 1,643 acres for $40 million, or about $24,345 for each acre.  A giveaway price.  

   

How far would this $40 million go? 


Well, that amount would cover the Town's budget for a grand total of 149 days, and then it would be gone. 

 

Who is the lucky buyer? 


A Canadian mega-mall developer, T5, has partnered with Daniel Preston's, Luminati Aerospace, in order to scoop up this deal. Their history is fraught with misrepresentation, unscrupulous activities, and lack of integrity.


What are their plans? 


Grand promises for economic development led by Preston's Luminati.  But wait -- Preston has abandoned his operation at EPCAL and fled upstate without paying his bills.  And these empty promises are just not backed up with a single financial guarantee in the contract.  There are no consequences if they produce nothing.


Will this sale lower your taxes? 


Not likely as they plan to apply for every possible tax exemption.
 
    

What can you do?  


Check out the excellent reporting in the Riverhead Local and Riverhead News Review, on the purchasers' past history and misdeeds and the weaknesses in the contract. If this deal sounds terrible to you, contact your Town Board members at 631-727-3200.  They need to hear from you. (Supervisor Laura Jens-Smith, and Town Board Members: James Wooten, Jodi Giglio, Catherine Kent, Tim Hubbard)


Tell them this isn't even close to the best we can do. 


There is so much more potential for this land to provide a long-range and steady tax base and a beautifully preserved Town park.  Rejecting this badly flawed deal would open the door to better proposals and more certain outcomes.



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Free, Family-friendly Community Walk


@ EPCAL Saturday, April 27th at 2pm




For all our neighbors -- strollers, bicycles, all ages and abilities welcome!

Come see what we are at risk of losing if this land is sold ... join us for a guided walk along the Veterans Bike Path to celebrate Earth Day and see our vulnerable backyard.

We will gather at the bike path’s 8 milemarker trailhead just West of Line Road -- across from Prestons Pond (GPS 601 Grumman Blvd. Calverton) for a shy mile adventure past a vernal pond, old-growth trees and rare grasslands.

All also welcome at 1 pm at Bean and Bagel (4426 Middle Country Rd, Calverton) for Meet
and Greet beforehand.


Please use tick precautions (although we will be on pavement) and carry in/carry out any belongings. If more than adrizzle -- all details the same for 4/28. For more information: EPCALwatch@gmail.com  

A PDF of a flyer (see right) for the April 27 EPCAL walk is available for download, please click here.  Please print it and distribute copies at any meetings you attend in the next couple of weeks.  And post it wherever you have access to a visible location.

The flyer is also available on line at the address below.  Please send this link through every mailing list, web site, etc. to which you have access.  http://tinyurl.com/EPCAL2019

A large turnout will show the strength of support in the community for the town retaining ownership of the 1,000 acres of non-developable land.



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For more detailed information and background on the history of the EPCAL property, the EPCAL vote, the EPCAL sale negoitations and the efforts of the community civics, click on the links below the top photo. Or go to the top menu to visit each area of interest.