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New Village Plan Clears Final Hurdle, ZBA Approves Parking Variance

The parking spot size variance holding Tritec back from starting construction was approved with six votes and one abstention.

The Patchogue Village Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) approved the final parking variance necessary for Tritec Real Estate Company to proceed with its to replace the vacated Swezey’s department store with 291 apartments, 46,000 square feet of retail and 18,000 square feet of office space on Wednesday.

The variance passed with six votes in approval and one abstention.

Despite being in a contentious 4-3 vote in March, the company needed approval for a parking spot size of 9 feet by 18 feet, which is considered substandard according to the village code’s standard size of 9 feet by 20 feet.

“The board’s decision was limited to the size of the parking spaces only, and the board has granted the same relief in the past,” ZBA chairperson Nicholas Fuccillo said.

Discussion of the final decision was held behind closed doors as per standard procedure for the ZBA, and was announced into the public record after it was made.

Four residents stayed until the end of the meeting for the announcement.

The New Village plan has been a controversial issue with split opinions among residents. Discussion in and on Patch have shown residents concerned over issues such as whether renters would be invested in the community, whether or not low-income Section 8 housing may appear and parking.

At the March ZBA meeting, co-owner Tom Keegan commented that now might not be the time for this project, referencing how the sluggish economy removed an .

“If we have to wait two more years, the economy’s gonna turn around someday, then maybe the hotel comes and that’s what’s when we spend $20 million to build the parking facility that we need,” Keegan said.

However, at the following April 7 ZBA meeting, Medford resident Brian Cruz said that the would be affordable enough for him to move out of his parents house, where he currently resides.

Patch has reached out to Tritec officials and will update upon receiving comment.

mike April 24, 2011 at 08:40 PM
the new plans are absolutely beautiful i don't understand why people dont like them that area where the building is now looks horrible i am so happy that they are finally doing something with this area. parking: the parking situation will be fine there making approx. 500 spaces which is a lot more than there is now there still is plenty of parking behind main strret
Damina Townes April 25, 2011 at 07:44 AM
I couldn't agree with you more!! There so much history to Patchogue and people don't even realize it. Everything they are trying to develop it into is taking away from what the town used to be.
Michelle April 27, 2011 at 04:16 PM
A "big box" for senior citizens, that's a no no?!?! But a grotesque box for artists that's just plain awful, we should "stay positive" over?! This is exactly why Patchogue is becoming a hodgepodge of cheap and tackiness. I am staying positive that SOMEONE, ANYONE on the Village Board has a sense of taste and will not make that Terror on Terry St. mistake again. Keep the historic and classic feel to ALL of these buildings!
concerned wife and mother August 11, 2011 at 11:29 AM
the catering hall in the former Knights of columbs is open and is a beautiful place to have an type of event...my hubby and i had our engagement party there....had i been aware of jst how lovely an event they were capable i would have had the wedding there and held the engagement party in a less plush establishment...they have their own parking lot/./// in regard to the publick parking lot that is behind J & r steak house...it is nearly alost always darned near emty.....even on occassions when the village is hosting alive after five and the visitors are choosing to block the driveways of the homowners....that parking lot is seldom used.....I have been tempted to go and post directionsw to PUBLIC PARKING to these seldom used parking areas basically the entire southern side of main street parking area is seldom used....there are only 2-3 places to scoot through to main street which may be the reason that people seldom use the sounthern lots..... i was surprised to see that the village turned Terry stree into a one way street in front of those new artist housing buildings....i suppose that it was necessary for the expected parking that would be necessary for the clients for the artists????...
Elizabeth K February 09, 2012 at 02:03 AM
Look on the Trtirec website, they said the parking would be under residential parking? Does anyone know what that means?

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