The website that will serve as a forum for residents, business owners and stakeholders in the ongoing revitalization project focusing on the hamlet of Riverside finally launched this week, almost two months later than originally expected.
Renaissance Downtowns in Plainview, the master developer behind both the revitalization project and the website, will use the online tool to help generate community input for the ongoing project, titled “Riverside Rediscovered.” At their first community meeting in May, representatives had estimated that the website would be up and running by June 1.
The website, www.riversiderediscovered.com, has options for users to create and comment on forums about different ideas focusing on how to revitalize their community. Other Renaissance Downtowns revitalization project websites include photos and links to other towns or destinations to spark ideas among residents.
Sean McLean of Flanders, the vice president of planning and development at Renaissance Downtowns, said he hopes to get at least 100 residents, business owners and stakeholders to register on the website by Labor Day, September 1. There is no cost to sign up.
The website notes: “The goal is to establish Riverside Rediscovered as a forward-thinking community that is significant enough to be a valued partner in making major decisions regarding significant investments.”
The company’s pop-up office at 108 Peconic Avenue in Riverside is now open intermittently. Mr. McLean said it will be open during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, starting in September, following a formal grand opening ceremony. Residents are encouraged to stop in to ask questions or share ideas.
Since that initial meeting in May, Mr. McLean and his team have been working with Southampton Town officials to research past revitalization attempts in Riverside. Mr. McLean said he has also been attending Riverside Economic Development Committee meetings with residents and town officials in order to get a better idea of the hamlet’s current situation.
The next Riverside Rediscovered meeting will coincide with the Flanders, Riverside, Northampton Community Association meeting scheduled for Friday, September 5, starting at 7 p.m., at the David W. Crohan Community Center in Flanders.