To the editor:
According to documents presented, 12th Street Recycling was never a salvage yard per se. It has been a location for auto repair. For decades, as an auto repair business, the property was maintained to an impeccable level. Since 12th Street Recycling arrived, the fence has sustained much damage and is falling into disrepair.
This lot never had mountains of material stacked until 12th Street Recycling arrived. There was not a ton of wrecker traffic or salvage yard traffic until 12th Street Recycling arrived.
What we have here is many code violations and lack of enforcement of the codes. Had 12th Street Recycling operated according to code(s), this entire matter would not be news. There is no logic in allowing an operation to remain open that is in violation of multiple codes and has been for some time.
Industrial use is not permitted by code in neighborhoods. Isn’t it odd that previous owners did not encounter the same concerns that 12th Street Recycling has brought on itself?
Once again, what we have here is many code violations and lack of enforcement of the codes. This placed the City Commission in quite a curious position. Speculation tells me they would have been well within their authority to issue a cease and desist order based on the extraordinary presentation by members of the Brook Creek Neighborhood Association.