Egan & Golden, LLP successfully defended the Village of Patchogue and its Board of Trustees in a suit seeking to overturn a recently approved local law creating a Downtown Redevelopment District. Plaintiffs, a small group of residents and business owners, also challenged a site plan, submitted by Downtown Patchogue Redevelopers, LLC, that calls for the construction of the “New Village at Patchogue,” a 291-unit apartment and retail space complex in Patchogue’s bustling Main Street area.
The Supreme Court decision found that Plaintiff’s allegations of illegality and procedural impropriety were “devoid of pleaded facts to support their vague and conclusory constitutional claims.” The Court further held that the “local law itself reflects that the decision to create a downtown redevelopment district was based on a comprehensive plan for the revitalization of the downtown area, and accordingly was not intended to single out Downtown’s property to the detriment of other property owners.” Firm partner Brian T. Egan was assisted by associate Christopher Bianco in the defense of the case.
The dismissal ends nearly two years of political wrangling over the site of the long-abandoned Swezey’s Department Store. With the Court’s dismissal of Plaintiffs’ claims, the Tritec Real Estate Company can go forward with construction of the $100 million development. The New Village at Patchogue is the latest project in the Village’s long-term redevelopment plan which has revitalized the downtown area and fostered a budding local arts scene.