Radford City Council delays vote on proposed recycling plant

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The Radford City Council voting unanimously Monday night to delay a vote for a special use permit for Radford Trading LLC.

The permit would allow the group to convert part of the old Radford foundry to a recycling site, a move that promises to bring at least eight jobs and five million dollars to the area.

Members of the council said at the meeting that they are adjusting the language of the resolution, not necessarily the special use permit, with eight proposed conditions.

Council member Naomi Huntington declined to tell WFXR News what those conditions were.

“All in favor of tabling the special use permit to the April 8th meeting say aye? (Voices of other members, in unison) “Aye.” “All opposed? (Silence) Okay!” said Radford Mayor David Horton.

Radford Trading LLC owns roughly 70 acres of land, used previously by the old Radford foundry.

The permit would allow the group to use part of the space to create a recycling center for copper wire and electronics.

A presentation given at a previous meeting says the project could help spur growth in the area, would be available to Virginia Tech and Radford students, would take advantage of existing infrastructure, and would be mindful of neighbors.

Council member Naomi Huntington says she’s not concerned about the delay, despite saying proposed changes to the resolution came in about an hour before the night’s meeting.

“I think that was an entirely appropriate move. We want to make sure we get this decision right, and so it’s really important that we consider it from all angles. Negotiations and discussions about what conditions can be put on- they’re ongoing,” she said.

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