Main Street to close hour earlier for Alive After Five®
After Monday’s Village of Patchogue meeting, the board approved street closures for an hour earlier than last year’s Alive After Five® season, to begin at 3 p.m. During the meeting, Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce executive director David Kennedy suggested the time change in an effort to better plan for safety measures, as requested by the Suffolk County Police Department.
According to Kennedy, the SCPD has requested more time to scan rooftops, place trucks to cap road ends and install clear garbage bags, among other safety measures.
“This will help make it a much safer event,” explained Kennedy.
The board unanimously approved the decision. Alive After Five® dates include June 28, July 19, Aug. 2 and Aug. 16. Streets will reopen by 10:30 p.m.
Discussions have also begun to discuss what will be done during Alive After Five® to help pedestrians cross River Avenue when the Blue Point Brewery opens. Mayor Paul Pontieri said he was against closing the street due to the wellbeing of southern businesses and residents.
“The village can tell us what we need to do and we’ll do it,” said Kennedy, hoping to find a safe solution for crossing pedestrians to and from the brewery. “All we need is one incident to put a mark on [Alive After Five®] and we can never do it again. We want to avoid that from ever happening.”
Parking garage update
Also during the meeting, discussions were furthered regarding the parking garage to potentially be located behind the Suffolk County Courthouse. Pontieri said they are currently working with county Legis. Rob Calarco (D-Patchogue) to either enter into a lease agreement or separate the property. Either way, he assured, any and all costs will be done through meter and parking money so as not to affect taxpayers.
“We are all cheering for the parking garage. Thank you for your continuing efforts to bring this to fruition,” said Kennedy on behalf of the Main Street businesses.
“Anything we can do to support this, let us know.”
9/11 Memorial Park
The board also approved the creation of 9/11 Memorial Park on the now village-owned property located on the corner of Maiden Lane and Cedar Avenue, and has gone out to bid. Specifics can be obtained at the Village Clerk’s office on or after May 17. All proposals must be submitted in a sealed envelope marked “Sealed Bid- Village of Patchogue 9/11 Memorial Park.”
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