A building that would offer rooftop dining, walk-up retail shops and the potential for multi-level office spaces is being planned for a parcel of land on East Main Street toward the eastern border of Patchogue Village.
Renderings of what the Manhattan-style concept would look like went up last week on a fence around the now-empty lot where Sears once stood, next to Finest Fitness.
“We’re hopeful we can put something there that’s a really nice eastern gateway to the village,” said Robert Frost, the president of Signature Partners, which owns and is developing the property.
“We’re looking for multiple tenants,” added Andrew Weiss, the group’s CEO. “Maybe bring in some retail-related uses that aren’t already in the area to further complement things. All the eating and drinking establishments are a little further west so this will hopefully lead to more gentrification toward East Patchogue.”
Signature Partners, which purchased the land before the old building was torn down due to snow- and ice-related structural damage, hasn’t filed anything formal with the village Planning Board, though the group has had several discussions with village leaders, including Mayor Paul Pontieri.
“We’ve been talking with them over the years, about different ideas of what they could do,” Pontieri said. “Nothing has been formally submitted yet. What they’re displaying [in the renderings] is retail space on the ground floor and office space above, and they’re hoping to get some responses.”
Weiss and Frost said the inquiries came in not long after the signs were posted.
“Once we have the core tenants lined up we’ll be able to move quickly toward construction,” Frost said. “We’d love to get tenants who are already established and maybe looking for a better space. We think this is a great opportunity, not just for us, but the village itself.”
Weiss said the building’s lower level would have unusually high 11-foot ceilings, and those spaces would be ideal for medical practices that might want more privacy than the upper-level businesses.
The building’s footprint would be 11,800 square feet. Weiss said accommodations could be made for spaces as small as 2,000 square feet to as large as 10,000.
“We could even create what’s referred to as a building-within-a-building, where a tenant will have the ability to go down into the lower level, or up into the second floor,” he said.
“We have designed the building to have lots of flexibility in how we lease it,” Frost added.
The plans are subject to change based on tenant demands. The rooftop dining structure, for example, could move to the south of the roof, instead of the west, where it’s shown in the renderings drawn up by Baldassano Architecture of Patchogue.
“We think that one of the strengths of the village is that it’s a destination,” Frost said. “Certainly there aren’t too many place in Suffolk County that are true destinations for arts and for living and working and entertainment. So we think having a rooftop hospitality space might be appealing for some tenants and fit in well with the character of the village.”
The partners are looking to have a formal plan submitted to the village soon, and to have the structure built toward the latter part of 2017.