Following recent approvals, renovations to the East Patchogue corridor are moving forward.
Brookhaven Town’s Planning Board this month unanimously approved a site plan for Rechler Equity Partners’ $40 million Greybarn Patchogue complex.
Rechler’s plan calls for the demolition of the closed Mediterranean Manor, which will give rise to a 91-unit luxury apartment development. About 10% of the units will be earmarked for affordable workforce housing.
The project’s amenities include recreation rooms, an outdoor pool and sharable workspaces for those who work from home.
Brookhaven Councilman Neil Foley said construction on the project is slated to begin sometime late summer or early fall.
As per previous agreements, the developer is also donating a one-acre plot at 312 E. Main St to the town. The Patchogue Arts Council will lease this site from the town to establish an arts center.
“I’ve worked with the arts council, I’ve worked with the community,” Foley said. “They’re excited to have a space that will be a wonderful learning experience for creative people.”
Three redevelopment plans underway
The movement to renovate the East Patchogue corridor dates back over a decade, but built steam in 2020, when the Town of Brookhaven approved an overlay district in the area. The motion paved the way for developers to propose housing and mixed-use projects along E. Main St.
Among these developers is NRP, which plans to develop a 55-unit complex comprised of four two-story buildings at the corner of Grove Ave and E. Main St. across from the Salvation Army.
Developer G4 is also working with the Town of Brookhaven and community civics to develop a multi-building apartment complex at the site of the former Plaza Theatre.
“All three projects, the builders have met with civics, the communication has been established,” Foley said. “The civics have endorsed all three projects.”
Among the civics most involved is Focus East Patchogue, which hosted a presentation from NRP this past April. According to board member of 16 years John Quatrale, the civic supports the proposals to redevelop the corridor. But more importantly than any one project, he said, is an overall economic boom he hopes will follow.
“A project like this, the most important thing is it’s going to bring people to the area,” Quatrale said. “People are the key to revitalization. They take an interest in the community, they patronize the local businesses.”
NRP and G4 have not yet received site plan approvals from the town. Foley said these site plan approvals may arrive some time later this summer or early fall, when construction on Greybarn Patchogue is expected to begin.
“It’s moving along nicely,” Foley said. “I think what you’ll see in about two or three years is a completely new East Patchogue corridor that will look much different because it will be brighter. There will be affordable housing and it will bring some retail in. It’s what the community wants and needed.”
Top photo: Demolition of the closed Mediterranean Manor will make way for a 91-unit luxury apartment complex.