Turbine plan stalls at Canon site; board to weigh noise, distance factors

The new Canon USA headquarters building that is The new Canon USA headquarters building that is being built on the south side of the Long Island Expressway, just east of Route 110. (Feb. 1, 2012) Photo Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan

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A search for green energy could alter the landscape surrounding the Long Island Expressway in Melville if new resident Canon USA has its way.

The photography giant has submitted an application to the Huntington Zoning Board of Appeals requesting a variance to build 11 wind turbines at its new North American headquarters, under construction at the southwest corner of Walt Whitman Road and the LIE south service road.

Canon submitted two site plans in July to the town planning department for approval, but was issued a letter of denial over setback guidelines and a variance for some of what the company is requesting.

The company is seeking to build the turbines and a gatehouse and to erect two freestanding monument identification signs.

The zoning board will consider whether the turbines would be too close to nearby properties and the extent of ambient noise they generate. A variance is required for more than one sign.

A board hearing on all three requests had been scheduled for Thursday night, but at the last minute the wind turbines hearing was pulled. No decision was to be made last night on the two other requests.

"Canon has not submitted the photographs and noise and aesthetics studies the Zoning Board of Appeals had requested, so it could do a careful and thorough analysis of the wind turbine part of the application," town spokesman A.J. Carter said. "As a result, the application could not go forward."

Linda Goldszak, a resident of Millennium Hills, a community next to the Canon site, said she hopes the company reconsiders.

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