The west end of downtown Patchogue is in line for a major facelift.
A 261-apartment complex is planned for a stretch of downtrodden Main Street property across from the YMCA and the Blue Point Breweing Company, confirmed the village’s Mayor Paul Pontieri, who hopes to see the proposed $160 million project break ground by year’s end.
The complex would rise directly across the street from Blue Point Brewing Company — and could some day essentially serve as the gateway to Patchogue. Two large buildings would straddle a widened existing creek that now only trickles through the property.
Architectural plans submitted to the village and reviewed by GreaterLongIsland.com indicate plans to beautify the area along the creek, including planting trees and shrubs, restoring a wetlands area, and building a pier and steps that lead down to the creek.
Below are artist renderings and an architectural plan submitted to the village.
“It’s a piece of property that’s been largely vacant for a long time. It needs to be developed, and we’re working with the developer to do that,” Pontieri said, noting that the project, proposed by Nord Development Group in Farmingdale, still needs to be further examined and approved by the village’s planing and zoning boards in order to move forward.
“This will bring new people in to the community and give you more energy to Main Street,” the mayor said. “And it helps stabilize the village’s tax rate.”
To make way for the project, a number of existing structures would need to be razed.
Remaining would be the building at the southeast corner of West Avenue and Main Street. Its tenants currently include Peak Jiu-Jitsu, NADAP and Elevate Church.
But the mostly-vacant building at 192 Main St. would be removed, along with the vacant structure at 200 Main St. that once held an auto body shop, the old Metal Fabrication building at 214 Main St. and a building that now holds Tomar Automotive.
Pontieri envisions that the apartments will be filled mostly by young professionals.
“And hopefully, they come to like the community so much that when they move out of there, they’ll re-invest in the community and buy a house here,” he said.
Earlier this month, the project cleared one of its first hurdles when the zoning board approved a key zoning change of the property.