WALLINGFORD — The Planning and Zoning Commission approved special permits last week for two businesses on the same industrial property, a scrap metal recycling facility and a vehicle storage site.
H. Goodmaster and Son currently operates a scrap metal resale operation at 53 North Plains Industrial Road.
E-J Electric Transmission and Distribution, located on the same site, applied for a special permit to operate a storage site for a vehicle dealer and repairer, with office space, warehouse storage and outdoor storage.
The commission approved special permits for both businesses after it came to light that components of the building and the parking lot were out of compliance with the original site plan from 1996, discovered after the 3-acre property was purchased by the current owner, E-J Electric.
Christopher Gagnon, BL Cos. civil engineer, said the biggest noncompliance issue was the lack of landscaping islands with trees in the parking lot, which were required under the original approval, although perimeter and buffer landscaping was in place.
The special permit for E-J Electric allows 2,607 square feet of indoor vehicle storage for an approved offsite dealer/repairer, 14,666 square feet of office space and 26,538 square feet of storage space within the existing building. It also allows parking/storage expansion and associated site improvements.
Attorney Bernard Pellegrino said that H. Goodmaster & Son are an existing tenant, but when the compliance issues came up, it was determined the business need to apply for a special permit.
While recycling is permitted in the zone, it is allowed by special permit.
The business purchases scrap metal from manufacturers, sorts the metal into single metal quantities, and then sells it.
All activity takes place inside building, except for pickup twice a month by a vendor, Pellegrino said.
The special permit for H. Goodmaster and Son allows 21,516 square feet within the existing building.
The current building area is 42,102 square feet, according to town records. The building layout has a two-story section for the metal recycler, a one-story plus mezzanine section for the auto storage and a two-story section for the business office, according to the site plan.