New Castle News

July 9, 2013

Board grants variances for recycling facility

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — The New Castle Zoning Hearing Board of Appeals has granted variances for a fence and signs for a recycling facility.

Upstate Shredding/Weitsman Recycling was granted its appeal to construct a 10-foot-high fence around its proposed facility at 526 S. Jefferson St. The allowable height without a variance is six feet.

The Owego, N.Y., firm plans to construct a facility to receive and process scrap metal products on the site of the former Ferrotech Corp. property.

At its meeting last week, the zoning board also granted a variance for the company to have two signs measuring 117 square feet each. The maximum limit is 80 square feet per sign without board approval.

Variances were granted for all accessory structures to exceed the zoning ordinance’s height limit of 20 feet.

The metals building will be 22 feet high, the scale house 24 feet high, the fluid recovery building 22 feet high and the shredder 39 feet high feet high.

The board also approved the facility to be in a flood plain.

Last month, the city planning commission recommended approval of a conditional use for the facility. City council will conduct a public hearing on the company’s conditional use request at 6 p.m. July 23.