The Brookhaven Town board offi- cially approved an amendment to the town zoning code EAST that will create an overlay district for a section of East Patchogue along Montauk Highway. The project …
The Brookhaven Town board offi- cially approved an amendment to the town zoning code EAST that will create an overlay district for a section of East Patchogue along Montauk Highway. The project has been in the works since 2010 and even earlier, when the town adopted a revitalization plan for the area.
The district will be split into two zones: A and B. Zone A encompasses proper- ties along Montauk Highway between Bay Avenue and Evergreen Avenue. And Zone B runs between Case Avenue on the north to Conklin Avenue and Wash- ington Avenue. Zone A allows for an increased density of 25 units per acre, and Zone B allows for 20 units per acre, up from the standard six per acre. Zone A multifamily residences will be able to have up to three stories, and Zone B will be allowed to have up to two stories. An added incentive is that both zones will allow for first-floor residential use.
The minimum lot area to be eligible for the incentive is 2 acres, though it can be split into different sections. The lot must be connected to the sewer line. The town identified five lots along the corridor that would be immediately eligible for the incentives. The trade-off for the increased density is what is called “community mitigation,” which is secured through a fee imposed by the town or a piece of donated land of equal value. A piece of this project has been long tied to the Plaza Cinema and Media Arts Center and placing an expanded facility in East Patchogue.
At a public hearing in front of the town board on March 12, Campbell Dalglish, a co-founder of the Plaza Cinema and Media Arts Center in Patchogue, described his experience after moving to Patchogue and learning about the dilap- idated Plaza Theatre that sat on Avery Street — a once-great gem in the community reduced to blight. They brought their dream of creating a community theater to life and placed it in downtown Patchogue.
Catherine Oberg, executive director of the Plaza MAC, said at the hearing that there was a need for the theater to expand.
“We can’t accommodate all of the stu- dents that want to take classes,” she said. The project to approve the overlay district has also been a passion of Focus East Patchogue, the local civic group in the community.
“As designed, the overlay district will allow for appropriate smart-growth development to occur, which is what we’ve been looking for and looking to achieve as a community for many years,” said John Quatrale, a member of Focus East Patchogue, at the public hearing.
“I expect in the next few years to see a transformation of East Patchogue,” said Town Supervisor Ed Romaine, after passing the resolution. “Good luck, and we’re off to the races.”