third time proved the charm for a Tennessee metals recycler,
who has now gained the necessary support for his business.
Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Agency has issued
a special conditional permit allowing Kan Metal Recycling to
open on a 4.3-acre site in an area zoned for manufacturing. The
company will have to install a fence on part of the property
and cannot be open for business on Sundays.
Kan Metal owner Taqi
Ali Mirza told AMM that he plans to immediately
complete city requirements and hopes to be open in a month. "I
have now been shut down since March 31 and am losing a lot of
customers. I had only been opened six months and was already
doing 500 tons a month," he said.
The company faced two
setbacks earlier this year. First it was forced to close its
original location because it wasnt properly zoned, and
was then denied approval to relocate to a second site as it was
too close to the Finley Stadium ballpark (
amm.com, April 5).
Scrap metal facilities
are permitted in an M-1 manufacturing zone, but Kan Metal
needed the permit as it will be an open air operation. Plans
for the facility include a truck scale, and the recycler will
accept vehicles that have been drained of fluids.