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Patchogue eyes road, shoreline and parking improvements for 2019

Initiatives for the new year build on efforts already underway, including rebuilding a jetty and connecting hundreds of homes to sewers.

Patchogue Village Mayor Paul Pontieri Jr. speaks about

Patchogue Village Mayor Paul Pontieri Jr. speaks about plans and goals for 2019 on  Dec. 27. Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

A $5 million road improvement project to narrow County Road 19 to two lanes from four tops the list of priorities for Patchogue officials in the year ahead.

Suffolk County officials are funding the project, which will reduce the lanes between Waverly and West avenues, and ease traffic as motorists enter the municipality, Village Mayor Paul Pontieri said. The roadwork for the project is to start in June and take a year to complete.

A passive park is to be constructed behind the road and along Patchogue Lake and will be turned over to the village as part of the project, Pontieri said in his annual look ahead into the new year.

“People can walk to a park along the water,” the mayor said in an interview at Village Hall. He said this helps efforts to make the village more walkable.

Patchogue in the past several years has turned its vacant storefronts and empty streets into a bustling downtown full of restaurants, shops and galleries that has become a regional destination and model for other village redevelopments.

Many of Pontieri's initiatives for the coming year will be “stabilizing what we have done in prior years,” he said, including plans to finish a $1.1 million project to rebuild the east jetty at the Sandpit Park and Marina.

The jetty was built more than 60 years ago and has been damaged by storms. That project is scheduled for completion by April 1, village officials said.

Pushing plans to build a $4 million to $6 million parking garage behind Main Street’s Sixth District Court to alleviate the parking congestion downtown is still being discussed , he said.

“That’s going to take some of the pressure off of Main Street,” Pontieri said of the project. Patchogue officials first proposed the garage more than a year ago.

Since then, New York State has given the village a $1 million grant for the project. Patchogue officials have also applied for a $1 million county grant to help fund the effort.

Work also is to continue on the $4.7 million restoration project at Shorefront Park to replace the bulkheading with an open shoreline to reduce flooding, officials said. The village has been awarded $2.7 million in state grants and the remaining $2 million from a private donation the village received in 2016, officials said.

Working with Suffolk County’s Coastal Resiliency Water Quality initiative also remains a priority, Pontieri said. In the program to extend sewer connections to 12,000 South Shore homes, Patchogue is to receive close to $25 million in federal and state grants to connect 600 residences.

Village officials also want to develop West Main Street to complement the Blue Point Brewery. Construction won’t be allowed for at least six months as village officials determine what type of uses should be built in that area.

“That end of town will start to develop more,” Village Deputy Mayor Jack Krieger said.

Finally, Pontieri said he still hopes the Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center dialysis unit property in downtown Patchogue can eventually be turned into a hotel. Developer Parviz Farahzad last year purchased the property but hasn’t revealed his plans.

Patchogue Village projects in 2019:

  • Launch a $5 million road improvement project to narrow County Road 19 between Waverly and West avenues.
  • Complete of a $1.1 million project to rebuild the east jetty at the Sandpit Park and Marina.
  • Finalize details on building a $4 to $6 million parking garage.
  • Continue work on a $4.7 million restoration project at Shorefront Park to replace the bulkheading.

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