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Upstate’s Buffalo bid shot down by city

Keywords: Tags  Upstate Shredding LLC-Ben Weitsman & Son Inc., Adam Weitsman, Niagara Metals, Auto City of Buffalo Inc., samuel frizell


NEW YORK — Upstate Shredding LLC-Ben Weitsman & Son Inc. has been denied a bid to purchase a scrapyard in Buffalo, N.Y.

The Owego, N.Y.-based company had a contract to buy the property if the requisite licenses were granted, but the Buffalo City Council unanimously voted down the recycler’s application for a wholesale junk license and a scrap metal processing license.

The scrapyard has been operating as Auto City of Buffalo Inc. for more than 25 years, employing two or three workers. Upstate wanted to expand the location, investing almost $7 million and adding 10 to 20 employees to turn the site into a feeder yard for the company’s 10,000-horsepower mega-shredder and metals processing plant at its headquarters facility.

"Just because we got voted down doesn’t mean the project is done. There is already a yard there. We are going to be in that facility," Upstate Shredding president Adam Weitsman told AMM.

A city council member told AMM that the community was worried about traffic congestion and high noise levels. "The concern among residents was that this would be a huge location compared to the location that was there before," Joseph Golombek Jr. said.

But other community members endorsed the location in two letters, writing that they were "mostly in favor" of the project and that they "had no legitimate reason to oppose the project." Models presented before the city council suggested that the project would not negatively affect traffic flow or noise levels.

Local competitor Niagara Metals LLC lobbied against Upstate Shredding’s plan before the city council.

"I’m not upset at Niagara," Weitsman said. "Niagara definitely put out a strong force."

Weitsman said he was determined to expand into Buffalo. The company is preparing for litigation against the city, according to Weitsman’s lawyer, Laurence Rubin.

"We’re definitely committed to coming to western New York," Weitsman said.


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