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Sept. 11 Demolition Date for Swezey's Rankles Residents

Mayor says it's "unfortunate" date is moved up to anniversary of 9/11, but village does not want project stalled.

With residents expressing concerns about the demolition of the former Swezey's store taking place on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Patchogue Village Mayor Paul Pontieri said legal issues forced the demolition date to get pushed up a day to Sept. 11. 

"Tritec is tied up in some legal issues that have to be taken care of on Wednesday," Pontieri said, explaining that the village did not want the demolition stalled. 

"It's unfortunate that it's on the day that it is," Pontieri said of it being held on Sept. 11.  

Chris Kelly, Tritec's director of marketing, told Patch that the date was changed to maintain the construction schedule.

"We understand the significance of the day but our actions are not meant to be ones of remembrance, defiance or disrespect," Kelly said. "We are holding no ceremony or scheduling any speeches."

Several residents took to Patchogue Patch's Facebook page to criticize the new demolition date. 

"That is in such poor taste to tear down a building on such a horrific day in which so many lost lives in buildings coming down," Kimberly Piretti McBride posted. 

The building is set to be demolished at 6:30 a.m. next Tuesday. 

The demolition of the store, which  earlier this summer, is to make way for Tritec Real Estate company's  plan to bring 291 apartments, 46,000 square feet of retail space and 18,000 square feet of office space at the intersection.

Dennis Barone September 10, 2012 at 07:14 PM
At first I was upset with the removal on 9/11 but Allison is correct life goes on and we go with it.
fred September 10, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Finally someone with logic! Yes the world does go on and does not revolve around 9/11 I think after 11 years we are long past closeure. I too knew people who where killed on that date but they would not want life to stop every year to remember.
Joseph Adriano September 10, 2012 at 08:22 PM
The world goes on and so does poor taste. I still think they should've just moved it a day or two. There are many people who think it's offensive and you have to respect their opinion.
Michael Savini September 11, 2012 at 06:32 PM
What a ridiculous "controversy". No construction or demolition work can ever take place on September 11? Even when there is absolutely no real connection between the two places? If this is your biggest concern, you've got it made. Who told you that you had a right to not be offended once in a while?
Terrence G. Pearsall September 11, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Terrence Pearsall What a way to remember the 3000 plus Americans who tradically lost their lives, including many from communities surrounding Patchogue, by watching today another building come down.. Tritec good not wait just one day - its all about money isn't it.

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