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Update: Demolition of Swezey's Starts For New Village

West wall with a 1993 mural was first to be demolished.

Demolition began on Swezey's, the abandoned department store that anchors the Four Corners in Patchogue Village, Wednesday to make way for Tritec Real Estate company's  New Village plan.

The plan is set to bring 291 apartments, 46,000 square feet of retail space and 18,000 square feet of office space at the North Ocean and Main Street intersection.

The first part of the building to meet the wrecking ball was the west side, which features a mural that was painted on a brick-like wall in August 1993 by Hans Gabaldi.

Tritec and political officials, along with several residents, were in attendance for the groundbreaking.

Rob Loscalzo, Chief Operation Officer of Tritec, said that the full New Village project is estimated to take 27-30 months to complete, and that Swezey's would be completely demolished in the next six to eight weeks.

Upcoming road closures for the project will be worked out with the Building department he also said.

"Obviously in the interest of safety there will be times when streets will shut down but there will always be access for the fire department either through North Ocean Avenue or Havens Avenue," Loscalzo said.

The ceremony was bittersweet for some, who had memories of the store.

Resident Karen Leavandosky attended the ceremony and remembered that her parents had a charge at Swezey's. Her husband, Whitey Leavandosky, was the mayor at the time the mural was commissioned.

Among the politicians attendance at the ceremony were Patchogue Village Mayor Paul Pontieri, Brookhaven Town Supervisor Mark Lesko, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Suffolk County Legislator Rob Calarco.

What are your memories of Swezey's and thoughts of the demolition? Talk about it in the comments.

Updated June 28, 5:57 p.m. with additional information from the ceremony and the plans for future demolition and construction.

Geo Euler July 02, 2012 at 11:48 AM
It does not make any difference rent or sell. The fact remains that there is a housing glut and rentals going unoccupied in the village. More is not the answer. Only time and empty buildings will tell the story. By the way have you looked at your assesed valuation of your house. Compare to last year and you will see that is has gone down. I wonder why? Patchogue may not be that desirable anymore.
Patchogue Snoop July 02, 2012 at 04:43 PM
I saw Pontieri stuffing his face at Peribell with a Trictec exec. Why is he meeting alone on behalf of the residents and village government? Secret deals....you bet. Remember his original promise when he first ran for Mayor.....no more rentals in this village. First thing he did when he was elected was enrich his cousin with a high density rental approval! He is there for one reason......to get rich and rewrd his ole boy network with sweetheart approvals.
Patchogue Snoop July 02, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Why is lesko in our Village?.....another hack sucking up free publicity? That is a question we should all ask ourselves. Maybe he is moving in to an apartment????
Dorothy Goedel September 03, 2012 at 02:12 AM
I worked for Swezey's until I moved to Texas it was a great place to work to never minded going to. workThe Swezey's family were wonderful to work for
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