Embattled Kings Park company submits new site plan

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A Kings Park industrial company has submitted a new site plan to build an asphalt production facility and a trucking station on 25 acres of its property that is zoned for heavy and light industry.

The plan by Carlson Associates requires a special exception from the town board for concrete manufacturing at the proposed asphalt plant on Old Northport Road because such a use is not permitted in heavy industry zoning, said Smithtown Planning Director Frank DeRubeis.

A special exception is also required from the Board of Zoning Appeals on the proposed trucking station to meet additional zoning ordinance criteria, he said.

Carlson Associates submitted the plan last week as part of a court-approved discharge agreement the company made with the town in April.

The company paid a $1,000 fine and pleaded guilty to four property maintenance violations as part of the agreement, which required the company to file a site plan by June 19 and obtain approvals from the town by Nov. 19.

Carlson Associates was criticized in July after it submitted several plans for the site that town officials described as vague and flawed.

Toby Carlson, 36, owner of Carlson Associates, said in an interview last month he did not have "any guidance of what they would be looking for." DeRubeis disagreed.

The company is among several businesses the town cracked down on last year for engaging in heavy industrial practices on properties zoned for residential or light industrial uses.

"We're the next generation, and we want to invest," said Carlson, whose family has operated at the location since the 1960s. "We have to bury our hatchets and come up with a plan that works for the residences, businesses and community as a whole."

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As an alternative to the asphalt plant, Carlson in an Aug. 7 letter to the town board outlined a concept for an indoor composting facility that would require Smithtown to change its zoning code, which barred recycling plants in 2003.

Councilmen Kevin Malloy and Edward Wehrheim said they favored the composting concept. "I think the indoor recycling has promise," Wehrheim said. "There would be a great deal of tax revenue."

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