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Hempstead Village residents trash proposal for waste transfer station

Tallie Leviner stands across from where a transfer

Tallie Leviner stands across from where a transfer station is proposed to be built on Friday, May 29, 2015 in Hempstead. Credit: Howard Schnapp

A Hempstead Village gravel and trucking company is seeking to build a construction and green waste transfer station near homes, prompting concerned residents to try to stop the project.

The Hempstead-based Fildon LLC and Inwood-based Don Cristi LLC, representing New York Sand and Stone Inc., are asking the village planning board to approve a 15,020-square-foot waste transfer station on a decontaminated brownfields site at Sewell and Mirschel streets.

The planning board is scheduled to hear the application during its June 15 meeting. A hearing on the project was postponed in March when planning board commissioners requested traffic flow and additional environmental studies for odor and dust, paid for by the developer.

The planning board is expected to discuss the environmental study, which has not been completed, at the meeting. If village planners approve the project, state Department of Environmental Conservation approval would be required before it is built.

The area is zoned as industrial and adjacent to a scrap-metal recycling plant and an auto repair shop. A subdivision of homes is across the street to the west.

Tallie Leviner, 66, lives about three houses from the site. He has lived in the neighborhood for about 40 years and said residents have accepted the scrap recycling yard and other businesses, but they are concerned about pollution, vermin and waste materials appearing nearby.

He and other residents said they are reaching out to state lawmakers in an effort to block the project.

"This needs to get out," Leviner said. "It's situated smack dab in the middle of a residential community. I don't want it here, and neither does anyone else."

An attorney for the applicants, Michael L. Cirrito of White, Cirrito and Nally of Hempstead, said a condition of the project is to allow DEC inspections about every six months.

The waste-transfer process would be contained in an enclosed structure with no outdoor processing, he said. The application calls for materials to be removed from the site every 24 hours and no long-term storage before trucks take green waste and construction debris to off-site disposal.

"People are drumming up fears that don't exist to this project. When they think of garbage overflowing on open lots, that's not happening," Cirrito said.

Cirrito said he understands neighbors' concerns, but plans ensure no dust or odors would escape the building. They have taken additional plans to add air filters and a dust retardant system to contain residues and odors.

Community activist and Uniondale educator Jewel Butler, who lives less than a mile from the site, said she would try to rally residents to attend the planning board hearing to urge the project be rejected.

"The community is against it 100 percent," Butler said. "We don't want it, and we're hoping, praying to keep it out of Hempstead."

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