What if our area of Main Street were turned into something like these photos? Talk about a destination!!
How long have we spoken of a hotel? Mayor Pontieri, always planning the future for the Village, has now
figured another way to get that Hotel. Great Job...Paul...oh...Mr. Mayor!
Now lets get going with East Patchogue's hub...and not the SOS same old stuff. We want creativity and
a place where people will want to visit along with the rest of Patchogue, namely where the Plaza Theatre
was down to Case, block to block, a complex of goodies, a history museum, a glass blowing shop, etc.
Limited only to the imagination and a group of creative and inventive investors and with Town Support.
A condominium of stores, shops and services, individually owned if possible, such as Dunkin Donuts, etc.
This is the Town of Leavenworth in the State
of Washington. As the story goes the town
was a near ghost town and creative investors
came along and with visionary architecture
changed the face of the town and brought it
back to economic life. The pictures I selected
were to illustrate the people's support and
the visitors that come from other states just
to take part in certain events they hold each
year. The other photo is a late evening at
Christmas after the shops were closed.
We could easily re-create a smaller but similar
look on our Main Street from the empty lot,
formerly the Plaza, down the block to Case.
The way it could work is to join all properties
using a condo corporation. Each could then
retain ownership of their portion of the whole.
Next time you go to Ginos in Patchogue take note of
the picture on the pizza box. This is a photo of that
box and the idea of a shopping plaza similar to this
look could also work either at the former TruValue
property or the former Plaza property. Currently the
Town owns the Plaza property, which means we the
taxpayers own it. We cannot allow it to be developed
with some SOS project. It is clear that the owners of
the Laundromat and Dunkin Donuts would have to
be part of the project and incorporated into the new
structure just as the Washington State vision shows.
It should also expand to the whole block including
the land currently the health center.
Until we have a complete picture of any proposed
project for this area, the Town must retain ownership
of the Plaza so that we can have the right investor
build a structure of plaza that will be a destination
which our area desperately needs. Currently we
have valuable property being wasted and it is
preventing economic growth to our area..Big Time!
WANTED - CREATIVE AND VISIONARY INVESTORS......
THE PEOPLE OF EAST PATCHOGUE WANT A DESTINATION PROJECT
FOR THE HUB OF PATCHOGUE, EAST OF ROUTE 112.
Most of us know about condo housing on Long Island, but not many are familiar with condominium usage for businesses. Rather than rent space you can own it. You not only retain your tax deductible expenses but your monthly payments appreciate and even the worst scenario, you can sell it later for what you paid for it having used the property and its tax deductible advantages as well. My uncles built one of the first condo offices in Suffolk County and my brother and I later built a successful condo office building in Babylon Village. I share this information with you to encourage all our community that we must resist selling off the Plaza Theatre property without a dynamic plan that will change the face of east Main Street. Here is a suggested way it could work I bring this idea forward to get us all talking and doing, and to encourage 'would be' investors who read this. CONTINUED...
Currently there are five or six property owners comprising the land from the corner of Avery to Case. The Town owns the property formally the Plaza Theatre, which includes much of the back parking area. Creating a joint venture of business owners and investors, a creative complex can be planned and constructed which could incorporate Dunkin' Donuts, and other store front space. The owner of the Laundromat need not reopen that same business but perhaps rent their space for a new business, such as a major clothing outlet, jewelry, etc. Rather than having one large 22,000 square foot space, currently used for the health services, smaller units can be built. Each owner would also have a second story of rental or condo space gained by the joint venture. Example, 22,000 sq ft would now be 44,000 sq feet. The idea is totally workable if all owners would join together.
When we were planning the Plaza Mac project several years ago, Mike Russo, Tom Dixon, Matt Crane and other business partners volunteered their talents and time to hopefully make that project come to reality. Limited to only the art of movies was not enough to encourage investors and the blessing was that the building was beyond repair but more a money pit. These talented men mostly part of Nelson Pope Engineering would be the ideal source of creativity we need. Also Evan, the owner of Mediterranean Manor, who was one of the founders of Focus East Patchogue, perhaps may also be interested in this kind of business venture.
The opportunity for us is now. Selling off or improving one parcel and leaving the present as is, is a loss for us and an economic loss for our Town and County. The wonderful work in the Village should be a super charged good virus that could spread from West to East and up to an including Bellport....and why not? It's about time we repair, replace and renew our community for our good and for the next generations of residents.