How he’s restoring an old Greenport Village home

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04/12/2014 9:00 AM |
Builder Matthew Ritter (left) discusses placement of a new wooden railing with Bennett Brokaw, who is restoring this 19th-century house on Main Street in Greenport. (Credit: Rachel Young)

Builder Matthew Ritter (left) discusses placement of a new wooden railing with Bennett Brokaw, who is restoring this 19th-century house on Main Street in Greenport. (Credit: Rachel Young)

Independent real estate broker Bennett Brokaw couldn’t look away from the dilapidated Victorian house at 449 Main St. in Greenport.

“I kept seeing the building with this sign that said ‘For sale,’ ” said the Mattituck resident, who purchased the 1,750-square-foot house for $450,000 in November. “After about three or four months, I finally picked up the phone.”

Ever since, Mr. Brokaw has been financially and emotionally invested in the house, as he works to restore it to its original beauty. His vision, he said, is to lease it to a local winery or restaurant — his “dream tenants,” he said — as early as this month.

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