DOWNTOWN — A zoning hearing for a company trying to open a massive metal shredder in Pilsen was delayed yet again, this time by construction at city hall.
The company, Pure Metal Recycling, wants to build a $30 million factory on 15 acres of land along Loomis Street just south of Cermak Road. Friday's delay marks the fourth time the the proposal has been delayed when it had been scheduled to go before the Zoning Board of Appeals.
The delay comes after an unknown group blanketed the neighborhood with a mailing urging residents contact Ald. Danny Solis (25th) in opposition to the hearing.
At the last meeting on Dec. 20, Pure Metal Recycling put off its request for zoning approval after a request from Solis, who wanted more time for the community to process the company's proposal.
Community group Pilsen Alliance and environmental group P.E.R.R.O. have both spoken out against the metal shredder.
"PERRO’s membership has concluded we can not support the project and we call on Alderman Solis to oppose giving Pure Metal Recycling the zoning variance they require to move forward with the project," the group said in a statement sent to Solis' office.
Pure Metal Recycling's Zoning Board of Appeals meeting is rescheduled for Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. at City Hall.