Patchogue Village will hold a special public hearing Tuesday night to discuss an application to build a hotel on West Avenue near the train station.
The planning board’s 7 p.m. architectural advisory committee meeting at village hall comes in wake of news that Hilton plans to build one of its new line of Tempo by Hilton hotels on the riverfront in Patchogue. The proposed six-floor, 116-room hotel would go up on property that is currently home to the village’s shuttered bowling alley.
The facility would include 16 apartments, large event spaces and a rooftop restaurant and bar with 3,000 square feet of outdoor seating.
Reaction from the the community to the Patchogue hotel plans so far has been mixed.
“This is wonderful! My husband and I got rid of our house and moved to New Village,” Laura Tramontano Cimmino said – referring to an existing Patchogue apartment complex – in a Facebook post when news of the hotel broke. “We’ve never been happier. The vibrant lifestyle here will keep us young and a luxury hotel will only add to the already wonderful landscape that is Patchogue Village!”
“We have a lot of out of state family we’d love to host but we can’t fit them all under our roof,” Murray Lynn Cherie commented on Facebook. “This would be a wonderful option.”
MJ Mason countered that Patchogue’s downtown is already overbuilt.
“It’s almost impossible to get around town now without a hotel,” he wrote. “It’s the worst idea ever.”
Occupying a large corner property at Division Street and West Avenue, the proposed hotel will be adjacent to the Fire Island National Seashore’s Patchogue River dock and its ferry service to Watch Hill on Fire Island — and steps away from the Long Island Rail Road’s Patchogue train station.
Amanda Guadagni compared the proposed hotel’s possibilities for Patchogue to what Danford’s has done for Port Jefferson.
“City folks will be able to go to Fire Island for the day but stay in Patchogue for the weekend,” she commented. “It’s better than apartments and hopefully can be just as successful as Danford’s.”
The project needs to be reviewed by Patchogue’s planning and zoning boards before going to the village board for approval. If the review and approval process goes smoothly, Patchogue Mayor Paul Pontieri said, the project could break ground by this fall.