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Recycling Drop-Off Proposal Draws Concern From Those Near Site

The property is currently zoned as Residential Single-Family. (JB’s Salvage, Facebook)

Some people are concerned that a proposal to build a recycling center on Bloomington’s Westside could open the doors for a larger trash-processing facility.

The Plan Commission heard the proposal for the first time Monday.

J.B.’s Salvage wants to have a parcel of land near its business on West Fountain Drive rezoned to Industrial General, so they can build a recycling drop-off center closer to town.

The Planning and Transportation Department is recommending the city not allow the rezoning.

City Development Service Manager Jackie Scanlan says that recommendation was driven by concerns that the center would be too close too residential property. There’s a house less than 200 feet from the site.

“We are just not sure that it’s going to be possible to have it, to have a use that would be allowed in this zone on the property that wouldn’t have detrimental effects to the neighbors,” she says.

Scalan says another concern is that the zoning request is too broad.  There are 27 permitted uses within the Industrial General zoning

J.B.’s Salvage Vice-president Bethany Robinson says she understands people’s concerns, but that the company has no intention to propose a waste transfer station like they did several years ago. She says Industrial General was the only zoning that aligned with the center they’re  hoping to build.

“As a whole, there’s not going to be any processing, manufacturing, no heavy equipment, things like that over there,” she says. “Just the storage of trash dumpsters and roll-off tubs, and parking of trucks.”

The Plan Commission voted to hear the proposal again on June 11. Robinson says she hopes to work on the wording of the proposal with the Planning and Transportation Department before the next commission meeting.

The commission will decide whether or not to recommend the zoning change, and then it will go to the Common Council for consideration.

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