The village of New Square is considering a plan to allow a business to build a large slaughterhouse to process poultry on Route 45 bordering New Hempstead. New Square Deputy Mayor Yisroel Spitzer said the proposed facility would enable a business already in the village to expand – keeping numerous jobs in Rockland. “The applicant is planning to build a better type of plant which is going to be fully automated and up to code with all types of new efficiencies,” he said.The proposed 50,730-square-foot facility would be built in a new industrial park located at the intersection of Route 45, across from Rovitz Place, according to documents.
Neighbors who live in New Hempstead, across the street from the vacant piece of land where the plant is proposed, are worried about odors and other forms of pollution from the slaughterhouse.
“This is a residential neighborhood and if they build this, the whole area is going to smell like chickens,” said Althea Mundy, who has lived on Elizabeth Court, near the planned site of the facility, for 13 years. “How can you put a slaughterhouse in the middle of a residential area?”
New Square had planned to hold a public hearing on the plan tonight. But Spitzer said this afternoon that the applicant requested that the meeting be rescheduled.
“They weren’t ready to go ahead tonight,” he said.
The meeting will likely be rescheduled for August, he said.