Nearly 400 people showed up for a North Hempstead Town Hall public
hearing Thursday, raising concerns about a plan to relocate Dejana
Industries headquarters on West Shore Road in Port Washington.
100 or so could fit in the meeting room itself, with others sitting in
an adjacent hallway or downstairs. Inside the meeting room, a representative of Dejana Industries discussed the company’s goals and
the need for a zoning change on the 5-acre site.
The proposed building “is designed to be protective of the environment and
wetlands,” said Kathleen Deegan Dickson, a partner with the Uniondale
law firm Forchelli, Curto, Deegan, Schwartz, Mineo & Terrana."
housed in several locations in Manorhaven, Dejana has a number
of companies, including garbage removal, street sweeping, snow removal and
catch basin cleaning.
Still, the proposed site would accommodate 25-30 trucks, and possibly
another 50-60 would be stored for seasonal use, Dickson noted.
would be cleaned before heading to the new headquarters, and because
there would no garbage at the site, it would not attract vermin or rats,
But Harbor View residents say the site is too close to about 500 homes nearby, including condos and senior housing units.
Calica, an attorney and president of the Harbor View Homeowners
Association, said nobody knew about the hearing until spotting a legal
notice in a recent edition of a local paper.
Against a backdrop of neighbors holding signs urging to protect nearby wetlands, Calica said, “Please don’t rush into this.”
Because of the large crowd, the town board decided to set a new
date to continue the public hearing in a larger venue capable of
accommodating all interested parties.
That date will be set when the board meets next on Aug.13.