MERIDEN — The owners of a motor vehicle recycling business on Cooper Street are asking the city’s Planning Commission to consider plans to move the operation to three parcels on Old Colony Road.
Alex Cisowski, a partner with 828 Old Colony Road LLC, 812 Old Colony Road LLC, and 780 Old Colony Road LLC, seeks city approval to convert the property to a motor vehicle recycling yard, similar to Automotive Core Recycling, a business he and his brother, Rafal Cisowski, have operated on Cooper Street since 2009.
The Planning Commission is scheduled to discuss Cisowski’s application and other matters during a virtual meeting Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Automotive Core Recycling is a family-owned business that specializes in catalytic converter recycling. It also recycles other automotive parts, including alternators, starters and batteries. The catalytic converters are processed on site.
ACR has a second location in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.
The Old Colony Road facility, called Silver City Recycling, had prior approval as a scrap parts operation, but the special permit received in June would allow the business to expand with a Department of Motor Vehicles permit.
Cisowski could not be reached for comment Monday. But lawyer Dennis Ceneviva, who represents the partnership, said the ultimate goal is to move the business from Cooper Street.
“As they (the owners) thought about it, the question was: Is this going to be just parts or the dismantling operation?” Ceneviva said. “With this, they can go with the recycling operation.”
The Zoning Board of Appeals approved a special exception permit on June 2 for the conversion of the property with landscaping and lighting conditions. The Planning Commission tabled the application during its June meeting to allow the owners to resubmit plans that address site runoff, storm water quality and traffic issues.
Ceneviva is confident the partnership has met the city’s requirements.
Cisowski purchased 828 Old Colony Road from Luby Monuments for $150,000 in 2015. The building has since been demolished and a new building and facade named Silver City Recycling is in its place. The partnership bought 812 Old Colony Road for $175,000, according to city records. It also bought a three-bay garage, also listed a 812 Old Colony Road, for $235,000 in 2014.