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Updated: Swezey's is History

Removal of the final section of Swezey's is ongoing, estimated to be completed by end of the day, official says.

The demolition of the final section of the vacant Swezey's Department store in Patchogue Village took place Tuesday morning at the Four Corners intersection of North Ocean Avenue and Main Street.

Around 30 residents came to the 6:30 a.m. demolition, during which the physical Swezey building was reduced to rubble just before 9 a.m.

Robert Coughlan, Principal of Tritec Real Estate Company, told Patch at the site that it is estimated to be completed by the end of day.

"The idea is to take the first top two floors down and then they can safely work on the first floor without debris coming down onto the street," Coughlan said.

Coughlan said that the building was cleared out, abated for asbestos and was the final piece of the demolition for the New Village.

Patchogue Village Mayor Paul Pontieri said that the demolition was bittersweet as the Swezey's building was iconic to Patchogue Village.

"We remember Christmases, we remember birthdays, we remember the Communion suit, we remember all of those things that made Patchogue, that made your life more special than it is," Pontieri said. "The Knapp/Swezey family, they gave back to this community by having this store here, but it's time to move on."

Pontieri said that Tritec is about two weeks to clear the rubble and make it site-ready, and that once it is site-ready they will pour cement for the foundations and the underground garage.

Coughlan had no comment when asked about why the demolition could not be moved off of the Sept. 11 date that .

Pontieri said that he did have a struggle with having the demolition on Sept. 11, which he previously said that Tritec had to work with on the .

"This building and this space wasn't married to that in any way, shape or form, but on the other side of it is there is a sense that our country has allowed progress to go forward, and this isn't the only construction project in this country, probably isn't the only building that's going to come down, and there was a schedule to be kept," Pontieri said.

Several during the demolition. Pontieri said that there may be future sporadic road closures in the area as construction continues.

The of the vacant Swezey's department store 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.

Updated 12:35 p.m. with more information. More photos and video from the demolition to come.

Karen Ferb September 16, 2012 at 12:36 PM
I tracked down the number of workforce units in New Village, 64, of which 35 are studios.
Bob September 16, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Ok, but what are your thoughts about the Audit findings and the dereliction of duty at Village Hall?
NuVillage Civic Association of Patchogue September 17, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Jim, That is what was reported on the news, Lesko, is leaving office to embark on a mission. I am not making it up.
Joseph Adriano September 17, 2012 at 02:22 PM
I'll answer if Karen won't. I am appalled by the incompetence, arrogance and hubris of this administration and utter disregard for the taxpaying residents they supposedly "serve." The Mayor and the trustees should be ashamed by the way their mismanagement. Most people won't read the audit its entirety and will allow it to be swept under the rug. If they did understand it fully, they would be outraged. I don't see any remorse on the part of the Mayor or the Board. Only excuses from them and their polyanna cheerleaders who like to stay in the "positive." The first step in fixing a problem is admitting you have one, and that is not this Mayor's modus operandi.
ProtectPatchogueLake September 21, 2012 at 02:48 AM
Are you concerned about water quality? New village is going for a permit to dump over 2 million gallons a day into Patchogue River. The concern is the water they will pump into the Lake could be polluted. There has been many spills in the area that could migrate into the water they seek to pump. Very concerned about our wild life in the Patchogue Lake. What are your thoughts? http://www.dec.ny.gov/enb/20120912_reg1.html
Karen Ferb September 21, 2012 at 02:54 AM
That link did not open for me.
Karen Ferb September 21, 2012 at 02:55 AM
Is it possible you did not read the Village response to the audit?
ProtectPatchogueLake September 21, 2012 at 03:30 AM
It works for me
Ms Smith September 21, 2012 at 01:33 PM
It looks like they what to pump over 2,000,000 gallons a day into Patchogue Lake. I think this would be very bad for the fish in the lake. I wonder if that would create issues for nearby houses if the water in the lake raises too. Would it raise the water table in that area and cause flooding in basements? I link doesnt allow you to see the complete request for the permit. Residents have until 28th to make comments.
Archie Bunker September 21, 2012 at 01:33 PM
The applicant proposes to conduct shallow groundwater dewatering associated with the construction of five new buildings known as New Village of Patchogue. Its for the removal of existing groundwater at the constructions site - NOT SEWAGE or for future sewage. So removing ground water from one area and moving it to the river I don't see a problem. From the application: "Some of the proposed dewatering will be in excess of 2 million gallons per day. The water will be discharged to an existing storm drain on site which ultimately empties into Patchogue Lake. The project is located at 10 & 23 Haven Avenue, Village of Patchogue, Suffolk County."
Ms Smith September 21, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Chris, what if the ground water is contaminated? There has been many spills in Patchogue history. We had heavy industrial usage in the village in the past and who knows what has been dump in the ground by past property owners. That concerns me, plus i leave near the lake and my husband thinks it could cause flooding in our basement.
NuVillage Civic Association of Patchogue September 21, 2012 at 01:54 PM
During the dewatering process careful attention (testing) is paid to the collection of the groundwater and the disposal of it. It is a process allowing the buildings to be built on a solid foundation. Oil/water separators are used as filtration in the event the test points turn up contaminated water and a licensed transporter has to dispose of the water.
Archie Bunker September 21, 2012 at 02:01 PM
The ground water travels underground and eventually winds up in the waterways. That's why many of the bays and sound are having pollution issues because nitrogen from cesspools and fertilizer/pesticide leach in the ground and flow to water ways. To me its silly to make this argument because it's existed for quite some time now. None of us are engineers to have knee jerk reactions to this. There's a number on the link posted above - call if you are concerned. 2 million gallons isn't that much water that there will widespread flooding.
Joseph Adriano September 21, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Karen, I wish that were the case. Their answers are pathetic. Were you satisfied with the shameful responses they gave? Pointing fingers, conjuring excuses, diverting attention from the results and calling the State's suggestions mere "formalities" are all typical of the arrogance of this administration. Let us know your opinion Karen.
Karen Ferb September 21, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Joseph A, For what it's worth, I did not think the Village responses to the audit findings were either shameful or pathetic. And I have read that the administration is actively engaged in implementing recommendations made in the audit.
Archie Bunker September 21, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Maybe we read a different report because it seemed like perfectly reasonable responses. And either they were in the process of or will be implementing the recommendations. I have been doing auditing for 10 years in public accounting. There was no fraud or wrong doing in this audit. I will say in my ten years there are ALWAYS recommendations and findings to improve. No business, municipality or organization are perfect and there are always way to improve.
Archie Bunker September 21, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Maybe we read a different report because it seemed like perfectly reasonable responses. And either they were in the process of or will be implementing the recommendations. I have been doing auditing for 10 years in public accounting. There was no fraud or wrong doing in this audit. I will say in my ten years there are ALWAYS recommendations and findings to improve. No business, municipality or organization are perfect and there are always way to improve.
Joseph Adriano September 21, 2012 at 07:24 PM
What a surpise Chris "Give Me a P" K. I suppose you find it normal to have cost overruns of close to $1 million dollars with no plausible explanation? And to have a nearly $200,000 stolen over the course of 3 years....completely undetected by the Mayor who is at Village Hall 24/7? And I'm sure you think it's just dandy that the Mayor waives sewer hook up fees willy nilly with no plausible explanation? I guess you ALWAYS see this kind of lack of oversight and incompetence in your auditing career? And I suppose you think it's perfectly acceptable that the Mayor admits he doesn't understand the law himself (pathetic after so many years in office), and offers no apology to the taxpayers of the Village for all of this (shameful and a slap in the face to residents)?
Joseph Adriano September 21, 2012 at 07:34 PM
I guess you think 2 million gallons of water is a drop in the bucket. Just like $1 million dollars in Village cost overruns is? In a Village budget of only $12 million dollars? Get real Chris K. Who is paying you to defend these clowns?
Sean Fink September 21, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Chris K did you responsed to Village employee comment?
Sean Fink September 21, 2012 at 07:39 PM
opps i post comment on the wrong blog.sorry here is a copy Village Employee 1:54 pm on Friday, September 21, 2012 Chris K, its alot of water we are talking about. OVER 2,000,000 gallons per day. 1,000,000 gallons of water would flood 3 acres of land in one foot of water. Patchogue Lake is 38 acres large. The Amount of water pumped into the lake would raise it at least 2 inches per day at 2 million gallons. Ms. Smith husband is right to be concerned. Has anyone look at the lake now, looks very high to me. One acre-inch=27,154 gallons. So happy to see the fence come down around the lake, great job Patchogue Village.
Archie Bunker September 21, 2012 at 08:02 PM
I am not an engineer. There's a number to call in the above link for your concerns. I highly doubt TriTec is trying to flood people out and have taken your measurements seriously.
Archie Bunker September 21, 2012 at 08:06 PM
I can't see what the point of "debating" this is when none of us here are qualified to do so. Contact: Mark Carrara NYSDEC Region 1 Headquarters SUNY @ Stony Brook 50 Circle Rd Stony Brook, NY 11790 (631)444-0365 r1dep@gw.dec.state.ny.us
Archie Bunker September 21, 2012 at 08:09 PM
I've come to a conclusion, actually a few, about you. You're the type of person who sees things only the way you want to. You're always bitter and negative (in the posts of yours I have read) The project is moving forward, like it or not. Since your mind is already made up, what's the point? I won't waste my time anymore reading or responding to you.
jimmy murphy September 22, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Hey Karen what did you think about the Mayor saying he didn’t even know what was right or wrong?
Karen Ferb September 22, 2012 at 06:16 PM
When, where, and about what did he say that?
Joseph Adriano September 24, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Newsday, August 30, 2012. Pontieri on Village Audit results: "They are criticizing us for things we didn't even know we were doing wrong" He's been Mayor for over 8 years. Time to learn your job.
Karen Ferb September 24, 2012 at 04:00 PM
That is not the same as saying someone doesn't know what's right or wrong. Have you never broken a rule you didn't know existed until someone pointed it out to you?
Joseph Adriano September 24, 2012 at 04:11 PM
After so many years of being a Trustee and Mayor and many years of service in the public school system, he should certainly know better. In any case: 'Ignorantia juris non excusat or ignorantia legis neminem excusat (Latin for "ignorance of the law does not excuse" or "ignorance of the law excuses no one") is a legal principle holding that a person who is unaware of a law may not escape liability for violating that law merely because he or she was unaware of its content.' The Mayor has no right to whine about the Audit results.
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