Swezey's, the abandoned department store that anchors the Four Corners intersection in Patchogue Village, will start to come down Wednesday morning at 11 a.m. as part of Tritec Real Estate company's New Village plan.
Tritec's was in April 2011 for 291 apartments, 46,000 square feet of retail space and 18,000 square feet of office space to be placed at the North Ocean Avenue and Main Street intersection. The plan has been considered controversial by some residents, and it in the past were dismissed.
Although was recently filed against the plan, Village Attorney Brian Egan recently said at a Patchogue Village Board meeting that it has no effect on the .
Groundbreaking of the building is taking place behind the 31 West Main Street building, and Patchogue Village Mayor Paul Pontieri said at Monday's Village Board meeting that it will be of a mural at the back of the building.
Space and necessary road closure issues are why the ceremony isn't taking place along the Main Street storefront, Pontieri said Monday.
Rob Loscalzo, Tritec's Chief Operating Officer, said in the June 21 issue of that the mural is symbolic of the buildings and may re-appear in a different form.
Loscalzo also told the Advance that items from Swezey's such as coat hangers and mannequins will be auctioned off to raise money for the , and the Patchogue Historical Society took directory signage from the property.
The entire site is projected to be clear by the end of the summer he said.
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