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Ohio salvage yard rezoning application rejected by city

Keywords: Tags  Mosier Industrial Services, rezoning application, auto salvage, Russell Watts, Rey Mashayekhi

NEW YORK — A demolition company’s proposal to open an automobile salvage yard in Springfield, Ohio, has been rejected by the city commission.

A rezoning application by Crestline, Ohio-based Mosier Industrial Services Corp. was voted down 5-0 by the commission, denying Mosier’s request to convert a 16.5-acre property it purchased in 2011 to "heavy manufacturing" from "general manufacturing." Mosier’s proposal was rejected unanimously by the city planning board in May and would have required a 4-1 majority vote from the commission to pass.

The planning board had voiced concerns that a scrapyard would increase noise and truck traffic in the area, which is residential.

Mosier project manager Russell Watts told AMM that he believed the commission "felt pretty strongly that putting in a salvage yard was different from the direction they wanted to go" with the space.

"We informed the city that we had no interest in dealing with an average scrapyard. We were just talking about vehicles," Watts said, but it is unlikely Mosier will appeal the decision. "When we got zero out of five (votes from the city commission), that seems unlikely."

Watts said Mosier was hoping to supplement the company’s income with the salvage yard, and the financial impact of the decision likely will result in Mosier closing its Springfield operations in the near future.

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