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Location of project’s sewage plant opposed

The Village of Northport is located in the

The Village of Northport is located in the Town of Huntington on Suffolk County's North Shore. It was settled in 1656 and incorporated in 1894, the first area in Huntington to do so. (April 21, 2011) Credit: T.C. McCarthy

Two state senators and the Northport-East Northport school district are urging Suffolk County to deny a variance for a long-delayed affordable-housing complex in East Northport, arguing that the proposed location for the project’s sewage treatment plant is too close to schools and other buildings.

In a five-page letter dated Nov. 28, an attorney for the district urged the board of review for the Suffolk County Department of Health Services to deny Housing Help Inc. a variance to build the treatment plant for Matinecock Court closer to some of the proposed buildings than is currently allowed.

In addition, Sens. John J. Flanagan (R-East Northport) and Carl Marcellino (R-Syosset) penned a joint letter to the county on Nov. 28, arguing that the variance, if granted, could place people in “potential danger.”

The variance for Matinecock Court, a 155-unit workforce-housing complex first proposed by the Greenlawn nonprofit in 1978, is one of the last steps to be completed before the housing is built. The project, at the corner of Elwood and Pulaski roads, was first proposed in 1978, but it has been delayed by intense local opposition and two lawsuits the nonprofit filed against the Town of Huntington.

The school district in its letter of opposition expressed concerns about the “noxious release” from the treatment of 35,000 gallons of raw sewage a day at the plant, and its impact on Northport High School’s playing fields. It also stated that the project was too close to the Pulaski Road Elementary School.

The plant “could jeopardize the health, safety and general welfare of those individuals attending or participating in any outdoor athletic competitions hosted by the district,” the letter stated.

The county is expected to make a decision on the variance next month.

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