PITTSBURGH D.H. 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. mill (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.
D.H. Griffin 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 Ridgeway (amm.com, Aug. 28). The company also has a presence in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Texas.