Amazon gets the go-ahead to build new warehouse at Syosset property

New York state has given Amazon the online retailer the go-ahead to build on the old Cerro Wire property where the North Long Island Expressway service road meets Robbins Lane.

News 12 Staff

May 6, 2021, 2:54 AM

Updated 1,085 days ago

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Amazon has cleared a hurdle in its efforts to open a new warehouse in Syosset.
New York state has given Amazon the online retailer the go-ahead to build on the old Cerro Wire property where the North Long Island Expressway service road meets Robbins Lane.
Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor Joseph Saladino said the 39-acre property will first be cleaned up before the construction of the new Amazon warehouse can begin that officials say will bring hundreds of jobs to Long Island.
"After decades of issues at this site, we have owners that want to come in, develop the property within the bounds of the law and want to pay for the entire cleanup so that the taxpayers don't have to pay for that," Saladino said.
The state Department of Environmental Conservation approved a more than $6 million plan to clean up the Brownfield site, that used to be the old Cerro wire property.
According to documents from the D.E.C., the clean up is scheduled to start this month and should take about 10 months to complete.
"The reality is, there is no perfect proposal for what's going to happen to that land," said Court Cousins, of the North Syosset Civic Association.
As News 12 has reported, Cousins is a member of one of the community groups that opposed the Amazon warehouse, citing environmental concerns from traffic and construction.
"We can't say that it was something we didn't expect, even if there's some disappointment about it," Cousins said.
But now that Amazon is coming, along with the more than 200,000-square foot building, Cousins hopes that everyone gets along.
"We want everyone to feel welcome here. we're always about jobs, we're about progress and we want to be good neighbors and we hope that Amazon will find ways to be a good neighbor too," Cousins said.
Saladino told News 12 Long Island that Amazon said there will be about 600 jobs from the warehouse activity alone and maybe another 1,000 construction jobs.
News 12 Long Island reached out to Amazon and a spokesperson said in part, "we have a policy of not commenting on our future roadmap."


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