The Long Island Village of Patchogue began a renaissance in the 1990s when creatives leased many of the vacant Main Street storefronts, and the theater was renovated. Artist housing was the missing piece, so in 2006 Patchogue engaged Artspace to conduct development work that led to the Artspace Patchogue Lofts, a mixed-use project in the heart of downtown. Completed in 2011, Artspace Patchogue Lofts includes 45 units of affordable live/work units, plus retail space on the street level and a home for the Patchogue Arts Council and Plaza Cinema and Media Arts Center. Civic leaders view Terry Street as a bridge between the commercial district along Main Street and the growing community of market-rate and affordable multi-family housing nearby.
Architect: Hamilton Houston Lownie Architects and Gary D. Cannella Associates
Funders: Raymond James Tax Credit Fund; Capital One Bank; New York State Homes and Community Renewal; Suffolk County; Village of Patchogue; Dolan Family Foundation; Clare Rose Foundation; Knapp Swezey Foundation; and MetLife Foundation
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Patchogue proved the skeptics wrong by making Artspace work. It takes an incredible amount of work, collaboration and cooperation (and sometimes manipulation) but it can be done, as Patchogue proved.