Artspace Patchogue Lofts, a much-anticipated $18-million development that village officials have said is key to the rebirth of Patchogue’s downtown, will hold a grand opening Wednesday.
The five-story, 60,000-square-foot development, located one block off of Main Street, includes 45 loft-style apartments where people engaged in the arts can live and work. Construction began in 2009 and was completed last month.
Patchogue officials have touted the project as one of the key pieces of the redevelopment of the village, which in March approved a plan to turn the former Swezey department store into 17,000 square feet of office space, 45,000 square feet of retail space and 291 apartments.
The Artspace project complements the Swezey development, said Mayor Paul Pontieri.
The Artspace development “has spearheaded Patchogue’s transition to a village of the arts and home for artists to bring their craft to the people,” he said.
Local officials and residents of Artspace are expected to attend the grand opening, an Artspace representative said. The event is scheduled for 5 p.m. Wednesday at 20 Terry St., and is open to the public.