Syosset megaproject project discussed at Board meeting

An environmental impact statement on the former Cerro Wire site in Syosset was the topic of discussion at an Oyster Bay Town Board meeting last Tuesday. Developers looking to build a hotel, housing and a community park on the 93 acre site were at the meeting to present the statement.

The Town Board voted 6-0, that the environmental impact statement complies with state and Town laws.

The site now holds the Town’s Public Works facilities and was once the headquarters of the Cerro Wire Plant and a landfill.

Developers from Syosset Park Development, plan to build 625 townhouses and condominiums, two hotels, a 30 acre park, stores, restaurants and an office complex.

Local residents including Kevin McKenna of Syosset, attended the meeting to address their concerns over potential building on the site.

“My main concern is that a Town landfill site is now a place of proposed development, where they plan on putting sports fields on top of that old landfill site,” said McKenna.

Theresa Walch, who had lived in a mobile home near the site, said that further testing needs to be done to determine if any cancer causing agents are present.

“Radiation testing of the landfill needs to be done to see if their is link between a high cancer rate in the area and the landfill,” said Walch.

Other residents were at the meeting to help push the project along.

Julie Gropper, who is co-president of the Birchwood Park of Syosset, said she wants to see progress from the council on the project.

“We are tired if looking at an ugly site over there,” said Gropper.

A public hearing on the environmental impact statement is scheduled for May 1st at Syosset High School.

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