Downtown pass-through may be eliminated

(Credit: Tim Gannon)
The current view of the downtown pass-through. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

Drivers may no longer be able to enter the Chase bank parking lot from Peconic Avenue and then come out on West Main Street, near Maryhaven, once the Peconic Crossing apartment complex is built.

The developers of the proposed 48-unit affordable rental project are proposing to tear down the building currently owned by the Long Island Science Center and erect a new building that would extend back to the river. A new walkway has also been proposed for along the river. That means cars in the bank parking lot could no longer go farther west.

Town officials initially thought there might be an easement requiring that road to remain open, but that turned out to not be the case.

Peconic Crossing would have an easement allowing it to cross the bank parking lot to get in or out at Peconic Avenue. Cars could also enter the proposed ground-level parking lot at Peconic Crossing by making a right turn-only from West Main Street.

The applicants, Conifer Realty and the Community Development Corporation of Long Island, said they will not begin construction until the Science Center finds a new location.