Developer Pinelake Properties LLC received zoning approval from the Patchogue, N.Y., Village Board this week for a proposed River Avenue Self Storage facility. The 1.7-acre property along River Avenue consists of several street addresses and will have its zoning changed from three different zoning designations to D-5 Business District, which includes car washes, drive-in restaurants, gas stations and self-storage.
Owner Ralph Fuccillo said the proposed facility would be built on his family’s property and comprise about 34,000 square feet in 207 storage units. The plan includes the demolition of some existing structures in favor of single-story storage buildings but would preserve a home that belonged to Fuccillo’s grandparents.
“This is the old homestead of the family,” Fuccillo said. “We kept the house, so that’s the first thing you see. We think there will be a need, especially with the new apartments [at New Village]. You’ll have security gates. There will be a manager on site, and there’s an upstairs apartment.”
Traffic concerns voiced by nearby residents will be addressed in the project’s final site-plan review, according to the source. Fuccillo said the facility would have limited hours and the upstairs apartment in the family home could be rented by the facility manager.
Due to the multiple zoning designations on the property, several other uses for the land were considered before settling on self-storage, the source reported. “The key here for me is, nobody that I know of has spoken against the concept,” Fuccillo said. “By us being neighborhood-considerate, I think it will be fine.”