AVON – At the second of two back-to-back public hearings on May 4 and 5, local residents and community members came out to the Town Hall at 23 Genesee Street to have their voices heard about the CM&M concrete recycling business that is moving towards possible approval by the Avon Zoning Board and by the Planning Board.
The facility, CM&M Industries, proposed by Michael Valle, will move into the Avon Tech Center and recycle many different stones into concrete materials for counter tops, patios and other items. Some neighbors to the Tech Center say that dust, noise, big rig traffic and vibrations that they feel would greatly impact their quality of life, but supporters say that the Town has done more than enough to explain the new technology that would be used, and that the Town has already put these concerns to rest.
“Unfortunately, people keep asking the same kinds of questions that have been answered over and over and over again,” said Rochester architect Joe O’Donnell, who is working on the site plan. “They’re concerned about hours of operation, that it will go 7 days a week until 11 o’clock at night. The public is not giving the Board credit for their efforts to thoroughly explain everything.”
However, locals who have been tracking this project since its inception said they feel otherwise, saying that Avon is not municipally built to move the necessary tonnages of material without seriously disrupting homes and traffic along the way.
“I’ve been to just about every meeting on this, and my binder is full of information but very little data,” said local resident Janet Manko. “I want to be on record saying that I oppose this site plan. There are holes in this site plan, and there will be changes to the area. Not that it’s not a working business, but tell us what’s going on. You keep talking about transparency, so be transparent to us, the public.”
Still other residents say that they are in favor, considering the process and the hearings that have been available to the public.
“I’ve been to most of the meetings, and seen others on the YouTube,” said resident Chuck Morgan. “This process went exactly as it is supposed to. They proposed the project, and then changes were made, big changes, which were based on documented facts which were given to you. What people who live there might not understand is how intense this process is.”
In order for the facility to move into the vacant building in the Avon Tech Center, located in East Avon, they will need variances in zoning and then then planning board approval.
The Zoning Board is set to vote on approval for the project on May 18, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at the Town Hall, 23 Genesee Street.
The Planning Board is set to meet again on the matter June 2, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
PHOTO CAPTION: Site plan drawings proposed by architect Joe O’Donnell. (File photo)
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