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Recycler withdraws request to open Georgia yard

Keywords: Tags  metals recycler, Esquire Metals Trading, Shiraz Nazarali, scrap, Lisa Gordon

PITTSBURGH — Esquire Metals Trading LLC has withdrawn its request to open a recycling facility in Lilburn, Ga., after the local planning commission recommended that it be allowed to establish a feeder yard on a one-acre parcel.

The Georgia metals recycler’s representatives didn’t attend a recent Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners meeting, and elected officials were advised that the Lilburn-based company had changed its mind about opening the facility.

"There was quite a bit of opposition from the neighbors," Shiraz Nazarali, a principal of the company, told AMM.

Residents at the meeting were concerned that the site was too small and that the business would, among other things, negatively impact traffic.

In early November, the Municipal-Gwinnett County Planning Commission recommended approval of the necessary rezoning and the issuance of a special-use permit, noting that the location is suitable for the planned use. The company had planned to open the collection facility in January.

Esquire Metals Trading might have been offered a "sunset" special-use permit, but didn’t want to risk establishing a business only to have it forced to close after two years, Nazarali said.

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