Griffin Wrecking Co.s plan to widen its footprint in
Virginia has hit a roadblock, with its application for a permit
to open a facility in Roanoke denied by local officials.
The Roanoke Board of
Zoning Appeals voted unanimously against the Greensboro,
N.C.-based metals recyclers request for a special
exception to open a metals recycling and wrecking facility on
6.1 acres in the city.
The company has been
looking to open a facility in the area to accommodate its
local industrial accounts, as well as a Steel Dynamics Inc.
amm.com, Dec. 4).
At a meeting in
December, neighbors voiced concerns about potential noise and
truck traffic associated with the proposal. An attorney for a
local business told the board that the facility wouldnt
meet the standards for a special exception as he believed it
wasnt compatible with the surrounding neighborhood.
The company could
appeal the decision, according to a city planner.
couldnt be reached for comment.
The company has other
operations in the state, in Richmond and Bristol, and recently
won approval to open a scrapyard on an 18.4-acre parcel in
amm.com, Aug. 28). The company also has a presence
in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Texas.