Board of zoning appeals rejects concrete recycling facility location

Plans for a proposed concrete recycling facility on the northwest side of Columbus have been rejected.

More than 50 people showed up Tuesday evening at Columbus City Hall during a Columbus Board of Zoning Appeals meeting to voice concerns over the proposed facility at 2561 N. Indianapolis Road. Chris Rice, of 4190 N. 200 West, Columbus, appeared with his attorney, Jeff Rocker, to seek a conditional use permit for the business.

The plan by Rice called for removing a scrap metal and junk yard from nearly 7 acres to make room for the recycling facility.

The meeting, which lasted just over three hours, prompted many residents living across from the Flat Rock River to speak out about the project, despite attempts by Rocker to alleviate concerns about noise, dust and possible contaminated materials. The BZA unanimously voted 5-0 to reject Rice’s request for a conditional use permit after hearing from both sides.

For more on this story, see Thursday’s Republic.

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Matt Kent is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at 812-379-5712 or