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Queens company withdraws bid to build ‘gun spa’ in Lynbrook

Lynbrook resident Joseph Gallo stands on the property

Lynbrook resident Joseph Gallo stands on the property off Sunrise Highway on Friday, April 15, 2016, where a combination shooting range and spa was proposed. Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa

A Queens security company has withdrawn an application to the Lynbrook Village Board to build a “gun spa” combination shooting range and beauty parlor.

Lynbrook Village Mayor Bill Hendricks announced Friday that the Jamaica-based ISS Action Inc. had withdrawn its application for a special-use permit. The village board had earlier refused to adjourn the proposal for a second time and to postpone a vote on the project, scheduled for Monday’s meeting.

“We told them we would have the hearing with or without your presentation,” Hendricks said.

The village board intended to reject the proposal without any additional presentation by ISS and the company’s chief executive, Pamela Newman, Hendricks said.

ISS, which specializes in training security professionals, proposed converting the current Cutler’s Lighting building at 817 Sunrise Hwy. into a combination shooting range, nail salon, massage parlor and sporting goods store.

The shooting range was for only professional security officers and not open to the public, but drew heated opposition from residents because the property is adjacent to homes. Newman said in an interview last month that she wanted to offer spa options to the families of security officers. The site would also have included an archery range.

The board completed studies that looked at property value analysis, environmental studies for noise and lead, and state case law that set the board to deny the application, officials said.

The board is also expected to announce a moratorium on Monday on shooting ranges or other recreational-use permits, including bowling alleys, in the village, officials said.

“We didn’t tell people what our feelings were because we didn’t want to prejudice the hearing,” Hendricks said. “Now we can say the board was prepared to say no. We couldn’t base that on unpopularity.”

Newman first asked the village to adjourn a vote in March so that she could hold a public hearing on the proposal. She also argued that the project should be approved because it was needed on Long Island and the site was zoned for commercial use.

She could not be reached for comment Friday. Village officials said she withdrew her application and is asking for a refund of $5,000 in application fees.

Hendricks said the village intends to keep $1,400 in nonrefundable permit and zoning appeals fees, but might refund the remaining fees with the stipulation that the application not be resubmitted.

Hendricks said the village will review its legal options to block future shooting ranges.

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