Developer backs out of Grove St. project
The developer who planned a mixed-use property on the corner of Main Street and Montauk Highway in East Patchogue has decided not to continue, according to Brookhaven Town officials. Councilman Neil Foley said they were working with other developers to pick up on the project.
“I think it’s just a matter of time before there’s something [in that space],” Foley told the Advance.
The councilman said the discussions were in a good place for a few months, but the developer, the Northwind Group, LLC, pulled out because it felt the density was too low. The space, which is just over 3 acres, would have accommodated an 80-unit multifamily complex with commercial space. “It would have been nice to have had them,” said Legis. Rob Calarco, who has been working on the project with town officials.
Foley said the town is still open to another proposal, likely another combination of residential and commercial, but willing to look at anything that would fit in the community. He added that the important step of creating an overlay district for the area is nearing completion, estimated to be in the first few months of 2020. The district would create an overall plan for the community with input from residents and the planning department.
“We’re disappointed; however, we are looking to appropriate development in the area and the overlay district,” said John Quatrale, board member of Focus East Patchogue, the local civic group that has been leading the charge for new development. “We’re looking forward to what’s coming.”
“If they create some type of overlay zone… that’s a good way for the town to facilitate some of the investment we’re looking for,” Calarco said, adding that this was the ideal next step in the process.
One of the draws for development in the area is the access to sewers, which extend to Phyllis Drive. The developer Jim Tsunis cited earlier this year when plans were announced that sewers were a major benefit to the development. A revitalization meeting was held in May 2018 to look at revitalization in the community.
Tsunis did not respond to a request for comment by press time..
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