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Plan for industrial storage in Kings Park

A Kings Park property cited by state authorities for illegal mining and dumping would become home to a legal industrial storage business, under a proposal from a potential buyer.

But the 4.56-acre site on Old Northport Road would require a thorough inspection and possibly an extensive cleanup before it can be developed, a Smithtown planning official said.

Since 2002, property owners John Gesuale and Town, County and State Recycling LLC have paid more than $200,000 in fines to the state for three separate incidents of mining without a permit and illegal solid waste storage at the site, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

The owners later obtained DEC permission to take in 10,000 cubic yards of yard waste and 40,000 cubic yards of concrete, brick, soil and rock per year, but the site appears to have become inactive, said DEC spokesman Bill Fonda.

Smithtown architect Steven Cataldo, at a town planning board meeting last week, said the property would be purchased by Anthony Leteri, owner of a neighboring parcel. Cataldo represents Leteri.

Leteri has asked town officials to change the property's zoning from residential to a designation that would allow storage facilities, Cataldo said.

In an interview, Cataldo said the sale of the property is contingent on the town granting the zoning change. No one lives on the site, he said.

The Gesuale family owns a total of 40 acres on several properties along Old Northport Road, town planning director Frank DeRubeis said. The properties have been the location of "a massive sand and gravel operation," DeRubeis said.

The mix of residential and industrial properties in that neighborhood is "not orderly, and uses are not consistent with the zoning in that particular area," DeRubeis said. The parcel Leteri wants to purchase must be inspected to determine what is in the ground and whether it is suitable for development, DeRubeis said. "There's too many unknowns," he said.

George Tsunis, president of the Hauppauge real estate firm that bears his name, told the planning board there is a market for "legal outdoor storage" for such items as construction debris and large pipes. "I think it's a great use of the property," Tsunis said.

The board is expected to consider the zoning change next month, DeRubeis said.

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