Are polo reps about to pitch new plan for Calverton Enterprise Park?

10/06/2012 12:02 PM |

NEWS-REVIEW FILE PHOTO | Jorge Neuss along with his son, German, explain the group’s polo complex vision to Councilman John Dunleavy last year.

An Argentina-based group that previously offered to build a polo complex at the Enterprise Park at Calverton will make a new proposal this week to purchase a smaller portion of the land for polo grounds, Riverhead Councilwoman Jodi Giglio said Saturday.

But Supervisor Sean Walter said he hadn’t heard the group was planning to make a new pitch, and said the current state Department of Environmental Conservation’s regulations would prevent the polo grounds from being developed.

Jorge Neuss and his son, German, are preparing a different proposal to present during a meeting later this week, Ms. Giglio said in an interview. The new plan, she said, would develop 450 acres of the EPCAL property and would not include an up to 400-house development that drew criticism from some town officials when the two first pitched a plan.

“From what I’ve been told verbally, they can live without the housing,” Ms. Giglio said, adding that any transient housing on the property would be for the jockeys, owners and horses.

The polo group was first brought to speak to some Town Board members last April by the town’s longtime realtor at EPCAL, Jack O’Connor.

“This is major league polo,” Mr. O’Connor said at the time.

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