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Planners approve restaurant next to Wading River dental office

A Wading River dental office received final site plan approval last Thursday to expand and build a restaurant.

The Planning Board approved Dr. Jeffrey Campisi’s application, made under the name KLL Construction, for a one-story, 1,212-square-foot addition to his dental office at the northeast corner of Route 25A and Dogwood Drive in Wading River, which faces Dogwood Drive. 

The addition will house a 15-seat restaurant, which Mr. Campisi’s architect, Jim DeLucca, has previously said will be a small pizzeria or deli. It will be built just north of the dental office.

The existing building is one-and-a-half stories and 2,828 square feet and includes the dental office on the first floor with 475 square feet of non-medical office space above.

The proposal goes back several years. The Architectural Review Board recommended its approval in 2012 and the plan received Zoning Board of Appeals variances in 2015.

No one spoke at an earlier Planning Board hearing on the project in November 2016.

At the 2015 ZBA hearing, then-ZBA attorney Scott DiSimone called it “the most bizarre” application he had seen in his 15 years with the ZBA.

“The idea of having a little takeout pizza place next to a dental office is just a little strange,” he said at the time. “But it is a permitted use.”

Mr. DeLucca said at the time that there were many vacant medical offices in the area.

Photo caption: A one story addition, which will house a 15-seat restaurant, will soon be built next to Dr. Jeffrey Campisi’s dental office. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

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