Planners approve new recycling site for ARG in Albion

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 28 January 2017 at 9:36 am

ALBION – The Orleans County Planning Board supported a new 8,000-square-foot recycling center on Washington Street in the Village of Albion.

The board on Thursday recommended the village approve the site plan for the new building that will be a construction and demolition debris processing facility for ARG Services, which is owned by Anthony Gramuglia.

ARG moved its headquarters to 366 Washington St., the former New York State Electric and Gas building. The new building will be next door and will process building materials in an enclosed space.

Dan Strong, the Albion town code enforcement officer, asked the Planning Board to hold off on a vote because he said the town attorney wanted to review the issue. The village is the lead agency on the project, but the new building is also in the town.

Strong said the town code prohibits a recycling center for construction and demolition debris.

ARG plans to use the new building to process roof shingles, drywall, wood-framing debris and other building materials. Strong said the use may not be allowed within the town.

But other Planning Board members said the project is in the village, which is the lead agency and its zoning ordiance supercedes the town’s in this case.

“Town laws don’t typically affect village operations,” said Sarah Gatti, a planner with the County Planning Department.

The Planning Board’s decision is an advisory opinion. The village still has the final vote on the project. The town still has time to reach out to the village if town officials believe the project shouldn’t be allowed based on the town code.

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