Town of Oyster Bay approves Amazon warehouse proposal; civic leader pushes back
Amazon is one step closer to building a massive warehouse on the vacant Cerro Wire property in Syosset, but the plan isn't sitting well with some area residents.
Cerro Wire property owner Syosset Park Development is proposing a more than 200,000-square-foot building to be rented by Amazon for a warehouse.
North Syosset Civic Association leader Court Cousins says they strongly oppose the proposition on North Service Road.
"The physical traffic moving at all hours of the day and night, the exhaust that comes as a result of that. There are things on a smaller scale as far as quality of life," says Cousins.
Cousins says the other major concern is environmental: The property contains pollutants from decades of heavy manufacturing.
On Wednesday, the project got the green light from the Town of Oyster Bay's Planning Advisory Board. Supervisor Joe Saladino told News 12, "This approval brings us one step closer to cleaning up the site and creating hundreds of local jobs at a time in which our residents need them the most."
News 12 also reached out to Amazon to find out how many jobs would be brought to the community, but it wouldn't comment on that. It would only say that they weigh a variety of factors when deciding where to develop future sites.
While the state Department of Environmental Conservation and state health officials have determined that the site does not pose a significant health threat to the public, the current owner of the land still needs the DEC's approval on a cleanup plan for the site.
The property owner did not return a request for comment.
The DEC extended the public comment period for the site to Feb. 10. There will be a virtual public meeting on Jan. 27.