NYU Langone Hospital and Long Island Community Hospital plan to purchase the former Burlington property in Patchogue, an NYU Langone spokesperson confirmed.
The deal in place will see the vacant 55,000-square-foot facility at 199 East Main Street house a surgical center and physician offices. Since the 1960s, the property has been a retail hub, first as the BeeHive before becoming the Mid-Island Department Store and eventually Burlington.
“We visited the building, and they’ve been working on [the sale] for over a year now,” Patchogue Mayor Paul Pontieri said of the arrangement between NYU Langone and property owner Glen Levin. “The deal is 95 percent done. There’s some papers left to sign.”
The pending sale comes three months after state and federal regulators approved NYU Langone Health System as the active parent of Long Island Community Hospital.
“They are working with [Long Island Community Hospital], and that’s why this became important,” Pontieri said of NYU Langone. “If they were going to be at [Long Island Community Hospital], they needed office space for their doctors, surgical space and so forth because they are going to expand their uses. This is another investment. It really is a great use in a great spot.”
“Long Island Community Hospital is a valuable addition to NYU Langone Health’s network on Long Island and will play an integral role in expanding the breadth and depth of our healthcare services to Long Islanders,” Joseph J. Greco, MD, senior vice president and chief of hospital operations at NYU Langone Hospital – Long Island, said in March.
“Together, we are committed to delivering world-class medical capabilities to all corners of the island, providing the highest-quality patient care to meet the needs of our communities,” he added.
Burlington, which operated in Patchogue since 1993, vacated the East Main Street property last year. The department store reopened in Gateway Plaza at 499-2B Sunrise Highway in Patchogue.
“What this will do for that end of town, it will activate it, it will wake it up,” the mayor said. “It is what Main Street needs right now.”
Featured photo: Exterior of the old Burlington location on East Main St. (Credit: Ana Borruto)