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Claremont company proposing enclosed facility for construction debris

Valley News Correspondent
Published: 2/21/2020 5:25:40 PM
Modified: 2/23/2020 10:06:32 PM

CLAREMONT — The Claremont company that last year sought to build a construction and demolition transfer station using a rail siding on Industrial Boulevard is now seeking approvals to operate an enclosed C&D facility.

American Recycling, which pulled its initial paperwork for site plan approval last August in the face of public opposition, has filed for a special exception and three variances from the Zoning Board of Adjustment, according to a new application on file in the Planning and Development Department.

If approved, the company would then need site plan approval from the Planning Board.

The company states in the application it would “square off the irregular corners of the building and enclose the rail siding,” which would increase the overall size of the building.

Another modification would increase the height of the building from 35 to 48 feet, which is the purpose for a special exception request.

“This expansion will allow for the recycling operation to occur indoors,” the owners state in the application.

The three variances would allow construction and demolition at American Recycling and front and rear setbacks to the property to be less than what is permitted in the city ordinance.

Last spring, American Recycling began discussions with the Planning Board on a proposal for a C&D transfer station.

The company owners said they planned to demolish the building next to the rail siding and enlarge the remaining concrete pad, where C&D material would be dumped, sorted and loaded onto rail cars for transport out of state.

During meetings before the Planning Board, residents living in the area, and others in the city, strongly objected to the proposed operation, citing safety and health concerns as well as noise and traffic fears, especially on Maple Avenue

American Recycling never submitted a final site plan; instead it was hoping to obtain a “conditional approval” from the board before investing time and money in obtaining state permits and preparing the plans.

In discussions with the Planning Board, the owners of American Recycling estimated they would process about 500 tons of material a day brought in by 30 to 50 trucks of different sizes.

A public activist group calling itself A Better Claremont formed from the opposition, and spokesperson James Contois, now a city councilor, has said the group would oppose any effort to put a C&D operation in Claremont for several reasons including increased truck traffic.

The Zoning Board is scheduled to hear the application on March 2 at 7 p.m. in City Council chambers.

Patrick O’Grady can be reached at

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