With Litigation Dismissed, $100 Million Revitalization of Downtown Patchogue Can Now Proceed
Downtown Patchogue Redevelopers plans to replace the long-vacant Swezey's buildings, and other disused properties, in the "Four Corners" area at the heart of Patchogue Village with 291 apartments, over 35,000 square feet of retail space, and accessory parking. The builder's plans for the "New Village" development were delayed last summer when seven local business owners and two residents filed three lawsuits in the New York State Supreme Court. The Court challenges raised a wide variety of procedural, environmental, and constitutional objections to the 2008 establishment of the Downtown Patchogue Redevelopment District "floating zone," as well as to the amended site plan and parking variance approvals for the "New Village" project.
John Wagner and Glenn Gruder, Partners in the Land Use, Environmental, and Litigation Practice Groups at Certilman Balin, together with David Sloane, Managing Partner of the firm's Hauppauge office, who, with John Wagner, had handled the land use applications that led to the challenged approvals, worked tirelessly to have each of the Court challenges dismissed, and Justice Baisley's decision last week -- which finds the legal challenges both untimely and unfounded -- clears the way for construction to begin on the forward-looking "New Village" development.
Patchogue Mayor Paul Pontieri, who was re-elected on March 20, praised the decision.
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