Saturday, September 02, 2006

Sills Road & Montauk Highway, East Patchogue, (Long Island) New York

I first heard about this troubled site on The Ames Fan Club forums from someone who took a slew of pictures from a dead plaza long before I discovered it was out on Long Island. To this day, there lies a nearly dead shopping plaza on the corner of Sills Road and Montauk Highway in the somewhat dilapidated town of Patchogue. The plaza was formerly anchored by now defunct Caldor department store and Pergament Express hardware store with signs of life within a transformed Eckerd, formerly an independent drug store.

While the site begs to be torn down for many proposals, one finally passed as the future site of Lowes (Home Improvement Store), the husks of both anchors and a small eyeglass business Vision World sit as many Long Islanders pass the rotting old site which serves as a breeding ground for very large birds (and their very large nests).

Located in the high traffic Montauk Highway in East Patchogue, it seems the town cannot dispose of a troubled site.

By far, one of the most doomed, still standing Caldor stores in the state of New York. A report from a local claims this very site is banking on 11 years of vacancy.

Borded up, shut down from years of vandalism.

Rotted out scaffolding has probably seen many decades of the weather's deterioration.

A now closed Pergament Express hardware store beside plaza anchor Caldor.

Oddly located across the street in some grassy plain is the existing road pilon.

Former anchors Caldor and Pergament Express, both long gone chains.

The otherside has taken a heavier toll.

While I didn’t find a way inside the Caldor like these guys did, I managed to score a slew of perimeter photos from the site and surrounding it. You can find the more extensive photo gallery over on Flickr from both visits in August and December 2006.

Special thanks to my brother Michael DiMaio for driving!

RAINBOW RADAR UPDATE (7-28-2008): The site has been completely demolished for Lowe's Home Improvement, coming in Summer/Fall 2008. Click here to see an updated report.


Anonymous said...

The buildings were recently (Spring 2008) demolished. The pictured sign (on the other side of Montauk Hwy) still stands. A sign at the demolition site proclaims Lowes as the next occupant.

Anonymous said...

Lowe's should be opening at the beginning of 2009. The building outside is mostly done, and it's amazing how much they changed the lot. It actually looks good!

Plaza Theater, Fantasyland and True Value need to be demolished, and Shoprite needs to hurry up and move into the abandoned Waldbaum's in the shopping center down the road (they have already put Help Wanted ads around for the location).

Anonymous said...

That Caldors was in one of the poorest, "dumpiest", most minority - infested sections of Long Island. It was ALWAYS a mess of a store - even for a Caldor's!

You would always see empty and/or broken liquor bottles in the parking lot, lots of fast food wrappers, chicken bones, etc. from the MCDonalds & KFC that were across the street / down the road...

Inside the Caldors, there were more security guards on duty (trying to prevent shoplifting) then there were cashiers or sales clerks.

That whole shopping center was a disaster - all the way back to when the Grants closed back in the mid to late 70s!

I remember during the 1990's reading in the local newspaper that police discovered the vacant Caldors building was being used as a brothel (!) by some local gang members who were pimping out girls there... there was even a picture in Newsday (local paper) that showed maybe 10 ratty old matresses that were scattered about the floor inside the Caldors... vagrants, drug addicts and other 'undesirables' would hook up with these girls - who would take them back to the Caldors to "complete their business"!

I'll bet that was a unique "use" of a vacant Caldors building!!! said...

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