HAUPPAGUE, N.Y. – The Village of Patchogue is making plans to alleviate the increasingly full parking lots near its growing Main Street. As more businesses and visitors have come to visit Patchogue, parking has become increasingly hard to find. Deputy Presiding Officer Rob Calarco has worked with the Village of Patchogue to fix this growing problem and has advocated for the village to build a municipal parking garage that will create up to 348 parking spaces in its initial phase near Main Street. The Suffolk County Legislature has allocated $625,000 to help complete the project.
“The transformation of downtown Patchogue has truly been one of the great success stories in Suffolk County over the last two decades,” said Deputy Presiding Officer Rob Calarco. “Success comes with its own set of challenges and parking has consistently been one of them. We have a crowded night life and a series of really well attended street-fairs that are pushing our parking capacity to the brink. It is important that as we grow and see that success, we address the issues that come with that so that we can continue to grow without negatively impacting the residents that call our village home.”
The total cost of the project is expected to be more than $8.5 million dollars and will be designed to be expandable in the future. The Village of Patchogue applied for and received an Empire State Development Grant for $1 million dollars in 2018. The exact location of the project has not been finalized however, Calarco has facilitated talks between the Village and Suffolk County to site the garage on a portion of the property of the Sixth District Court. The Court’s current parking lot features 160 spaces and easy access to Main Street as well as a heavily utilized Suffolk County Bus Stop. The initial build-out of the garage would create a ground level with 181 parking spaces and one additional tier of parking with 167. The 348 spaces would more than double the number of spaces available at the current lot. The garage would also be expandable by two additional tiers in the future. County and Village officials are hoping to have an agreement reached in the next few months to transfer the property.
“The Sixth District property would be an ideal location for this project because it checks a lot of the boxes,” added Calarco. “You have a prime location within short walking distance of both downtown and the Patchogue Train Station. We can also reduce the cost the cost to taxpayers because the Village won’t have to acquire new property for the garage.”
The money provided by Suffolk County was part of package of Jumpstart Suffolk grant funding. The program provides funds to projects that enhance vibrant mixed-use transit-oriented development in and around downtowns, light industrial and commercial areas adjacent to downtowns or transit. Introductory Resolution was passed at the October 2nd meeting of the Suffolk County Legislature.