PITTSBURGH A Tennessee
metal recycler struggling to keep his business operating has
failed to win support to operate at a new site.
The Chattanooga-Hamilton County
Regional Planning Agency (RPA) is recommending that Taqi Mirza
not be issued a special permit to operate a metal recycling
yard on a 3.02-acre site in Chattanooga because it is too close
to the citys ballpark.
Mirza, who runs Kan Metal
Recycling, was told in January that he was illegally operating
at a 4.39-acre site that he opened without seeking the proper
amm.com, Jan. 10). Mirza applied to have the parcel
rezoned but was denied because a county planning commission
believed it would create a wave of similar requests from
adjacent properties. Mirza left the property and moved to the
The RPA said that indoor scrap
metal recycling facilities are a permitted use at the 3.02-acre
parcel, but the applicant planned to install a scale house and
truck scale, and scrap vehicles and operate outdoors.
The outdoor facility would not
be a good fit because it is near Finley Stadium, an outdoor
market, a dog park and a skate park, according to the staff
Mirza told AMM that he
was aware of the pending denial and he planned to bring legal
counsel to an April 8 hearing on the matter. "I dont see
any reason why I should be denied. The scrap guy literally
right next door to me does the same thing I am going to do," he
Mirza said that in a worst-case
scenario he has found a third location for which he could seek
approval to operate.