Apr 02, 2024

Rubie’s Costume Co. operators propose $11.5 million warehouse in Melville

The longtime operators of Rubie’s Costume Co. want to build an $11.5 million warehouse and office in Melville for use by small distribution or manufacturing companies, executives said.

Marc and Howard Beige, who’ve spent decades outfitting children and adults for Halloween, plan to construct the 77,000-square-foot building near the corner of Baylis and Walt Whitman Roads. The 5.8-acre site is across from the Northgate housing development and the now-closed Newsstand Deli.

The parcel is one of two that the men have owned since about 2010 on Baylis Road between Walt Whitman and Broad Hollow roads.

“A building with a high ceiling is pretty flexible as far as what it can be used for … any kind of manufacturing or warehousing or distribution,” Marc Beige told the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency last week, referring to a proposed ceiling height of 40 feet to accommodate storage racks.

While no leases have been signed for the proposed warehouse at 1700 Walt Whitman Rd., Beige said its location near the Route 110 corridor and Long Island Expressway will be a key selling point.

The IDA board voted unanimously to grant preliminary approval for $1.2 million in tax breaks to support the project. The largest savings will come from a sales-tax exemption of up to $615,825 and a property-tax break of $567,397 over 10 years, or a 21% savings.

IDA member Brian Beedenbender said the new warehouse would generate more property-tax revenue even with the agency’s help than if the land remained vacant: $2.1 million over the next decade compared with $647,860.