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Visions For Vacancies: Four Corners

In this new series, readers can discuss what they would like to see spring up from vacant locations in Patchogue and Medford.

In the first of a continuing series, “Visions for Vacancies,” Patchogue Patch will feature vacant storefronts and seek input from readers as to the type of business they would like to see fill the empty location.

We start with the obvious...the Four Corners and vacant Swezey's building.

The Patchogue community has been abuzz for months over the  $100 million New Village plan to build 291-apartments, 46,000 square feet of retail space and 18,000 square feet of office space at the location of the vacated Swezey's in Patchogue.

The store, formally an anchor of the intersection of Main Street and South Ocean Avenue otherwise known as the Four Corners, closed in 2003 and has remained empty.

Since then the location has been bought by Tritec Real Estate Company, had , one of which was , with a  preventing the plan's construction. This has led to the New Village plan becoming the biggest issue between the two political parties in next month's Village election.

Some residents have cited the  as the dealbreaker. Others the plan believing that more housing will keep younger people in Patchogue.

If the economy were not an issue, and you could have whatever you wanted in the location of the former Swezey's store, what would you want to see? More housing? More shopping? A hotel? Or perhaps nothing at all?

Sound off in the comments.

Patchogue February 10, 2012 at 02:21 AM
No more apartments, period!
Patchogue February 10, 2012 at 02:32 AM
I am sorry, but the benefits look really crappy. Economic Benefits Population 600 - Not sure why this is a benefit Total Annual Sales(Retail)- $935,355 (equal to one restaurant one Main St.) Estimated Annual Sales Tax - $626,660 (goes to the county, we need it in the school District, property taxes go to the school District, I think they have an exemption for 10 years) Net Property Tax Gain $397,450 (really pathetic, equal to one house or two) Full Time Jobs-260 (all low paying jobs that dont support buying a home on Long Island) The below statement show read we expect to make money from this location by charging higher rent. We dont care about quaintness or a charm in your downtown, but making a buck. If you dont like over population and transients, tough. And believe me I know because I rented for years before I bought my house. Renting is normal and okay, but I had many different neighbors in shorts spans of time, some good, some not so good. "There's demographic evidence; there's consumer research evidence; but probably the most compelling evidence is the price premium people are willing to pay to live in a walkable urban place, that the survey's show anywhere from a 40% to 200% price premium on a price per square foot basis for a walkable urban place as oppose to a competitive near by drivable suburban place."
majortom1981 February 10, 2012 at 04:02 AM
To john do you venture outside patchogue? A hotel just opened up in riverhead next to the aquarium. Within the past year. My wife and i stayed there and talked to the staff. They are bookedsolidformost of the year since they opened. Also what good is reatail without parking?
Jacqueline February 10, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Wow, if they think that people are "willing" to pay high rent just to live in a "walkable urban place" that just isn't so. The fact is there is no other choice but to cough up the rent even if that means eating Ramen every day.
good taste February 12, 2012 at 05:42 AM
I believe that the current plan for the four corners is wrong for our beautiful and historical village. The architectural design and archway are horrible. The garden designs are strictly fantasy. Worst of all, erecting five story buildings on Main Street is a travesty. Patchogue 2012 PLEASE listen to your village residents! I am sure that over half of us don't want these apartments on our Main Street. Please don't make this ugly apartment complex be the legacy that you leave to Patchogue after all the good work that you have done. If you won't change this terrible plan before election day and INFORM the residents of a new plan, no matter what the court decision turns out to be, then I cannot vote for you on March 20. PLEASE don't do this!!!

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