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Patchogue imposes 6-month building moratorium for W. Main St.

Officials say they want to review zoning options for the mixed-use area to encourage development that complements the new Blue Point Brewery.

Blue Point Brewing Co. employees make preparations to open its new facility in Patchogue on Monday, when the company will begin brewing and packaging operations. (Credit: Barry Sloan)

Development on the south side of West Main Street in Patchogue will be banned for at least six months as village officials evaluate how to improve the mixed-use area to complement the Blue Point Brewery.

The village board Monday night unanimously voted for the six-month construction moratorium between Railroad and River avenues, which is zoned business, industrial, residential, retail and commercial.

Businesses operating on West Main Street include a pharmacy, hair salons and barbershops, a tire shop, welding company and religious goods store.

“Now that we have the brewery, we’re getting a lot of requests from people who want to build five-story apartment buildings,” Mayor Paul Pontieri said after the meeting.

He said parking is another issue the board must address as it approves new development.

“We really need to evaluate,” the mayor said of possible impacts of new construction in the area.

Patchogue officials have previously rezoned downtown areas to target specific types of development. In March, Terry Street was rezoned from an assortment of residential and business uses into a cultural arts district to attract artists and crafts businesses and residents.

Officials said they want to develop West Main Street in a way that is aesthetically pleasing and complements the Blue Point Brewery across the street. The $35 million brewery on the former Briarcliffe College campus is weeks away from opening to the public and offering what co-founder Mark Burford earlier this month called a sort of “Disneyland for adults.”

“We want to give it [West Main Street] a feeling of being a part of downtown, and the only way to do that is to create a zoning code that enhances that,” Pontieri said.

Village attorney Brian Egan said officials also are evaluating building heights along the south side of West Main Street.

“We want to see what’s going to happen with the south side and figure out what’s the best zoning,” Egan said. “The community wants maximized development so that it can live up to its biggest potential in a proper and thoughtful way.”

Pontieri said the village board may vote to rezone the street.

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