PITTSBURGH Midwest Scrap Management Inc. has been issued the necessary approval in Wichita, Kan., to build a scrapyard at a site where it has sought to install a new auto shredder since 2010.
The Wichita City Council approved a conditional-use designation on Dec. 11 to allow a wrecking/salvage yard. In 2011, the request failed to pass a vote before the council, prompting the St. Joseph, Mo.-based recycler to appeal the decision and file a lawsuit in Sedgwick County District Court (amm.com, June 21, 2011
The court remanded the matter back to the council for reconsideration, according to a televised recording of the council meeting.
The citys director of planning said he believes a shredder is still intended for the site, but added that he wont know for sure until the recycler applies for building permits.
Midwest Scrap couldnt be reached for comment.
The company has been working with the city to get the approval since 2010 (amm.com, Nov. 8, 2010
). The initial plan called for operating on 25.68 acres, but the site size has been reduced to 13.2 acres, according to City Council meeting minutes.
The recycler agreed to limit the loading of rail cars to a specific part of the property, will increase berm heights from the original plan and will use plants to screen the property that are one-and-a-half times what is required in the local code, according to the minutes.
Midwest Scrap purchased two shredders in January, one of which was earmarked for an undisclosed location in the South (amm.com, Jan. 24