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Reader Feedback: Swezey's Demolition Reactions

Patch readers react to the demolition of Swezey's Department store on Patch and Facebook.

Tuesday's elicited a very large response on Patch and on the Patchogue Patch Facebook Page.

The  is for Tritec's  that is set to bring 291 apartments, 46,000 square feet of retail space and 18,000 square feet of office space at the Four Corners intersection.

Responses varied, from those sad to see the building go, those looking forward to the development, those upset that the demolition took place on Sept. 11 and a few that weren't sure why it was demolished.

Below are a selection of the responses. Feel free to add your thoughts on the demolition in the comments section below.

YAY! Don't have to look at that eyesore anymore. Thank you Tritec. Let's move forward and see some progress. Doing a great job Mayor.

What is scary is how many people still don't realize that there will be almost 300 rental apartments in that space (Artspace has only 40) and that the rents they are asking for are pure fantasy. Young struggling "hipsters" will not be able to afford these exorbitant rents they are asking for and still have expendable income to shop on Main street as well. Has anyone seen the job market statistics on long island? Where are all these young hipsters working to afford these outrageous rents?

I am 26 and would like to live in the area and afford a home after earning a masters degree 2 years ago however I also feel Patchogue has been an epicenter and dumping ground for affordable housing and or section 8. I don't think people in Setauket or Stony Brook would appreciate it if the table was turned.

A recent bright 23 year old, Bio-Tech graduate, sent out hundreds of resumes for a period of two months, finally to land a research position locally for $38,000. Another, 25 year old Dental Assistant, working full time and going back to school, is looking for a roommate and can’t afford a car. When you add up the cost of owning a car, with car and rental insurance, gas, food, contribution for health insurance, commuting expenses and student loans it is difficult for them to afford their own apartment. For these young “hipsters” with income somewhere around $474.00 per week, ($1896/month), puts them hovering around poverty level. No ability to save or to put money away into a company investment plan and absolutely no disposable income.

Donald Drew I grew up in the village. I owned the Photo studio across the street (Ye Olde Photo Shoppe) in the 70's. Many memories invoked here.

Dee Votino-Parker oh wow i cant believe that that store isnt going to be there so sad another building gone from a good era

Renee Finger Radalinsky Oh so sad- I loved that store!! Another childhood memory gone!!

Alyssa Schwarz You still have the memories! I'm looking forward to the new Patchogue, it's looking great!

Dawn McKearney Nichols sad to see it go...loved Sweezy's back in the day !!

John Canary Sad to see it go, but it was a old building that had to go...

Hollie September 17, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Sweezys...If I never found an outfit at all my favorite stores, my visit was to sweezys and it was there that I always found what I was looking for. My husband used to tell me to go there first and save myself all that time. They wrapped all Christmas presents at no charge and carried them to your car. I won a trip to Aruba, all expenses paid including limo to and from airport just by buying a scarf which got me a key that opened the treasure chest. I loved that store. I will never forget it. You can turn that corner into anything you'd like but to me that corner will always be Sweezys. One of the last stores that showed appreciation for its clientele. So very sad to see it go.
Charlie Chierchio September 17, 2012 at 10:29 AM
Sad to see it go, but the Village is on a rise. Great feeling that you can have a nice night out in Patchogue instead of making the hike up to Port Jeff. Keep up the good work Mr. Mayor.
Maureen Jones September 17, 2012 at 10:31 AM
More unaffordable housing. Great. Just what Long Island needs....NOT. The wrong people are constantly in charge on Long Island making poor choices for the people, and Patchogue is no different. I'm okay with Swezey's being knocked down, just not for overpriced apartments.
Kelly Krug Corrado September 17, 2012 at 11:17 AM
It is very weird to see nothing there, to be able to see the church from the lake, the fire dept from the four corners....more and more historic things are being torn down
candy volkommer September 17, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Living in Patchogue for 58 years, and having worked, shopped, strolled, made friends, wrapped Christmas gifts for people, bought endless number of gifts in Swezey's, it was a still a "slight shock" to see the empty corner of rubble the day they took Swezey's down! I was with my son when I first saw it and nothing I could say could ever make him understand the memories that I had of hanging out "on the four corners" of Main Street. I am all about progressiveness and bettering our town but I won't forget Swezey's Havils, Montauk Drugs and the other drugstore that escapes me right now wearing my CPO jacket on Saturdays in town! Goodbye to a Patchogue icon - I am one Patchogian who will miss you!
FUDB September 17, 2012 at 01:46 PM
I agree with Charlie. It is nice to be able to spend time and money in Patchogue instead of always going elsewhere for nightlife, restaurants, etc. I had shopped at Swezey"s since I was a child but it has been closed for a while and an eyesore. I love Patchogue and I think the Mayor is doing a great job of looking toward the future and making Patchogue a town we can be proud of again!
Joseph Adriano September 17, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Louise are you a tax paying resident? Did you read the State Comptroller's audit of Patchogue Village. I love the restaurants on Main Street and think the BID has done a great job in the Village, but I don't love the overdevelopment of housing projects in this Village. I am appalled at the way the Village is managing the residents' tax dollars. Great job? Not at Village Hall.
Archie Bunker September 17, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Never seen one positive thing from your comments. Its like a broken record at this point
Joseph Adriano September 17, 2012 at 03:40 PM
And can you tell me what positive you see in your tax dollars being stolen and squandered in the village? Do you value incompetence and law breaking or is it just not that important to you as long as you can go have a brew at one of many watering holes on Main Street?
Michael Sorrentino (Editor) September 17, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Just a reminder to please avoid personal attacks and other Terms of Service violations, they will get pulled down. Our full Terms are here: http://patchogue.patch.com/terms
FUDB September 17, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Joseph did I mention housing? NO. Do you get involved in the politics of Patchogue Village to try and change what you don't like? I don't live in the village but I am a Patchogue resident and compared to years gone by, this new Patchogue is GREAT!
Al Lofaso September 17, 2012 at 09:43 PM
Change sometimes is a good thing!. The changes I see seems to be good even in these tough economic times. As for all the added housing. You need people who will walk to the local stores that will help the local business. Whats not good about that.
Richard Kemp September 19, 2012 at 02:05 AM
I've heard enough about OVERPRICED SWEEZEY'S nobody say's a word about the real good old day's when GUTTE HARDWARE had about every item concievable to the tradesman. Now I have to travel to GRIFFING HARDWARE in Riverhead or Long Island Hardware up on Vet's Highway.PATCHOGUE needs a real Hardware Store one that handles the specialty Hardware that The Big Box Stores do not carry.. Food for thought for someone out there..........

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