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Swezey's Groundbreaking Wednesday at 11 A.M.

Ceremony taking place behind 31 West Main Street building.

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.

What are your thoughts on the demolition? And will you be attending? Vote in our poll and talk about it in the comments section.

Gina Marie June 27, 2012 at 11:43 AM
The eye sore final will be gone!
Dennis Dudley June 27, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Horray for Patchogue!!!!!!!!! It's about time...
steven June 27, 2012 at 06:56 PM
It was a sad day for Patchogue…not because of the demolition but because of the reality of this monstrous apartment compound coming to the Village to dwarf our main street. We know what it will become…Hempstead…only not as close to the city. Welcome to the Long Island projects in Section 8 city!
Andy Miller June 27, 2012 at 08:25 PM
More corporate greed disguising itself as “smart growth.” Whoever heard of 300 apartments on a small Main Street? Is this Queens? We are a waterfront community that could have so much to offer….so much more than all these apartments! Do our elected officials have no vision nor creativity? Thumbs down for shoving this project into Patchogue!
feduponbay June 27, 2012 at 11:00 PM
can somebody explain to me why we need more apartments? We already have Maple, Rider,Terry and Tiffany apartments and lets not forget all the illegal boarding houses everywhere. The Mayor says we need more people, that is an absolute preposterous statement! These mentioned skeled out section 8 apartments and illegal boarding houses we already have take care of that. It should have been a hotel, they are building hotels in other areas so it can be done, we were screwed. Why is it every town south of Montauk Hwy would never put up with this crap except Patchogue?? Its like a dumping ground for undesirables, a waterfront town deserves much better then this, as I write this cops flying down Bay ave again.. its a shame...
Daniel June 28, 2012 at 06:33 PM
This is a wonderful project. All of LI will be a dump in the future if not for more projects like this. Young people do not want to live in a big house with 10k in taxes. They want a downtown area. This is why we have all gone to Astoria, Williamsburg and Manhattan. I am actually moving back to LI to live in an affordable apartment, not section 8 housing. I have a MA degree and make around 50 grand. How am I suppose to buy a house going for 350k? Please explain. Get the facts straight or keep your comments to yourself. Thanks!
Scotty June 28, 2012 at 10:55 PM
@Daniel: kindly don't tell those who live in and pay taxes either IN Patchogue or the immediate vicinity to 'keep their comments to themselves'. This project directly affects their way of life as it will NOT affect yours since you can pick up and go, while anyone with roots and a mortgage is 'stuck'. I bought out here back in the late 1970's when it was all we could afford: 3 hrs+ commute each way! into Manhattan for both of us just so we could afford a decent house. WE sacrificed and struggled without furniture, getting home late at night after putting in countless hours of overtime (my Lawfirm, my husband's corporate job), only to then have to kill ourselves all weekend on housework, gardening and the myriad chores owning a home represents. We saw our taxes go from $1,400 to $10,000+ even as our income fluctuated. ONE thing we always did--was sock away as much as we could into my husband's 401k plan because we never did have the 'gotta have it now' mindset too many today seem to think they're 'entitled' to. We earned every single tiny bit of our now vastly more costly home--precisely because we put huge upgrades in over the years (when we could afford to), refinancing when necessary because we'd built equity. The last thing we need is Main Street Patchogue turned into unavailable parking and huge crowding. A Hotel would have made much more sense, especially in view of the Blues festivals every Summer in Riverhead and the Wineries/Beaches out East, an easy drive.
Scotty June 28, 2012 at 10:58 PM
One more thing: Apartments can be built anywhere. There was no need for an Apartment complex on THIS location. Right on Main Street? What WERE they thinking? It called for ingenuity and perhaps breaking up the property into smaller sections. Apartments right on Main Street is - to me anyway - one of the dumbest ideas I've ever heard. People have children --are they going to play in traffic? Good grief.
PatchawgFatGuy June 30, 2012 at 01:02 AM
The whole plan stinks. develop the retail and office space with some apartments first, then finish the project when it gets off the ground. I left Brooklyn 2 years ago to get away from urban sprawl.

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