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 recyclers 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 companys
10,000-horsepower mega-shredder and metals processing plant at
its headquarters facility.
"Just because we got voted down
doesnt 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 Shreddings plan before the
"Im 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 Weitsmans lawyer, Laurence
"Were definitely committed
to coming to western New York," Weitsman said.