In the driveway of her beautifully designed stucco home, Denise Edwards walked us over to show off the view from her backyard…"We have the beautiful view, and there's a nice apartment complex that's in now..."
When Denise built her house, she didn't picture a rock crushing mill just 80 feet away from where she was standing. But that's exactly what she and her neighbors might get in a space formerly used by a headstone maker years ago. As Denise told us, "I'm really scared about the air quality and peace of mind and you just can't put a dump in the middle of all these homes."
A company plans to use the site to recycle concrete and asphalt. Now homeowners in the University Ridge area in north Reno are fighting back. The crushing machine would be a half mile from Lee McCord's home. She told us, "You're talking approximately 2,000 residents here, sacrificed for one business that has no business coming here!"
The project's already been approved by the Reno Planning Commission. But Lee and her neighbors say this rock crushing operation will fill the air with dust, semi-trucks will fill their streets and the noise will be unbearable. Even before the real work begins, Denise tells us "The beeping already with just the little trucks they do have has literally driven me crazy."
The company that proposed the plant plans compost recycling and concrete crushing. Yet neighbors consider this area residential, even though there has been the headstone business there before and the land is zoned industrial. Why would Denise build her new home 80 feet away from an industrial site? "Well when we bought this land and built our home by ourselves, there was nothing happening down here."
As for what kind of 'industrial' the neighbors would approve of, Tim Tenhumberg, who lives about a half mile from the site, told us, "A truck maintenance facility...something like that where there's not a lot of noise would be OK."
After the planning commission approval, Tim and his neighbors hired an attorney, who will be with them at the Reno City Council meeting next Wednesday, where they're hoping the special uses permit will be denied.
We did call the company proposing the plant, C4 Equity in Incline Village for their side of the story, but haven't heard back.
Sunday, May 19 2013 7:02 PM EDT2013-05-19 23:02:30 GMT
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