WATERFRONT LUXURY APARTMENTS PLANNED FOR PATCHOGUE RIVER PROPERTY
The article below was Published 1/19/19 by Lon Cohen in Greater Patchogue.
An application for a proposed apartment building on Patchogue River will be going to the village Planning Board on Tuesday, Jan. 22.
The developer hopes that in this go-round, changes made to an earlier apartment plan will be accepted so that construction can begin this year.
Anthony Bartone, a Long Island-based multifamily developer, spoke with GreaterPatchogue Friday about the project’s history — and the plans to build 50 luxury apartments off Mulford Street.
The site is between the Watch Hill Ferry Terminal and The Oar Steak & Seafood Grille.
Plans call for most of the units to be 1-bedroom, with six 2-bedroom and eight studio apartments.
The units will have high-end finishes, including kitchens with stainless steel appliances and stone counter tops. Every unit will have a balcony, with a majority of the balconies offering water views.
Other proposed amenities include a rooftop club with fireplace and fitness area.
A partnership agreement with a neighboring marina will give complex residents the first right of refusal for use of one of 55 boat slips.
Bartone pointed out that, for its size, the apartment complex will also be unique, in that there will be both a full time manager and superintendent on-site.
The developer is shooting for a price range starting around $2,500 per month for the 1-bedroom apartments.
Bartone says the project will add even more value to the thriving village.
“This project dovetails very nicely with what’s happening in Patchogue,” he said. “It presents a luxury waterfront option you don’t see very often complimenting, not competing, with downtown development.”
The architect on the project is Glen Cherveny from GRCH Architecture based in Islandia.
Bartone said that Cherveny described the look of the project as “Nantucket meets Cape Cod.” Designs call for Hardie clapboard finish with metal roofs.
“It’s quite lovely,” said Bartone.
The project had gone through at least one revision before coming to this point.
Several months ago, Bartone brought plans to the Village Board while seeking a height variance.
The developer went back to the drawing board after work sessions with the Planning Board led to officials suggesting he revise plans — rather than push for variances — given sensitivities to waterfront property heights by residents.
The new plans now “fully conforms to village height restrictions,” Bartone said.
Drawings of the project depict a three-story plus roof club complex.
If approved, the project will be constructed on property currently owned by Richard Blakeslee, owner of The Oar Restaurant on West Avenue in Patchogue.
In the past, the property was used by Marran Oil and zoned for industrial use.
Fuel oil tanks that were housed there have since been removed.
When asked about environmental worries, Bartone said the site had “extensive environmental studies performed, and has been scrutinized by the DEC and other organizations.”
He’s confident in the quality of the land for residential use, saying residents would probably prefer the project over other options.
“We understand that with any development there comes a degree of anxiety, but we believe this to be the highest and best use to the site,” said Bartone. “This used to be the location of an oil company and we think residents would prefer this rather than oil tanks and trucks rolling down the street.”
Bartone is working with a national multifamily developer, Ron Terwilliger, on the Patchogue River project.
They’re also working on other projects under the name terwilliger and Bartone Properties.
Currently they are constructing a 100-unit age-restricted development in Hauppauge called The Cornerstone, located south of the Long Island Expressway on Route 111.
They also developed a 42-unit apartment complex in Farmingdale near the Long Island Rail Road station. The proposed name for the Mulford Street project is The Cornerstone Waterfront at Patchogue.
As part of the Patchogue project, Bartone said plans also include a public promenade near the water. The area will include a brick walkway off Mulford Street to the river with benches for people to sit, creating a new public space along the waterfront.
If all goes well, the developer thinks the project could be finished sometime in 2020.
“This will further diversify available housing in Patchogue and create a luxury waterfront option,” Bartone said.