Arnold approves use of building for pallet recycling business

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A New Kensington couple has been given permission to move their wood pallet recycling business into a building in Arnold.

The city’s zoning hearing board, following a hearing Wednesday, approved a special exception and variance for Brennan and Mariah Brooks-Boyd to use the building at 1508-10 Third Ave. The building previously was home to L&L Electric.

The couple, owners of B&M Tire Recycling, are leasing the building from I-Dub Property One.

Brennan Brooks-Boyd said they will be using the building only for pallets. He said they are looking at a location in Lower Burrell where they would handle tires.

Brooks-Boyd said they have been running the business from their home since starting it in January 2021. The building in Arnold will be their first office and warehouse space.

He said they will use the building for pallet and vehicle storage and repair. A total of six people will work there.

Brooks-Boyd said the building will not need any work, and they hope to get into it as soon as possible.

“We’re ready to go,” he said.

He said their operation would not produce any noise, dust or smoke. An air compressor already in the building is the loudest equipment they would use.

No pallets would be kept outside, he said.

In approving the building’s use, the zoning hearing board required that no pallets be stored outside and limited the hours of operation from 7 am to 9 pm The city would have to approve any expansion of the use beyond pallets, said Larry Loperfito, solicitor for the zoning hearing board.

A variance was needed because the building, at 7,920 square feet, is smaller than the 12,000 square feet minimum required, Loperfito said.

One of the building’s owners, Steve Reutzel of Middlesex Township, said they bought the building from L&L Electric about six months ago. I-Dub is a subsidiary of their business, ImageWorks Painting in South Buffalo, he said.

The building is in good condition, said Rick Rayburg, Arnold’s community development director.

Reutzel said they bought it with the intent of possibly starting their own contracting business there, but they decided to lease it after finding they didn’t have the time.

The building has no other use than for a contractor, Reutzel said.

Brooks-Boyd said they chose Arnold because it’s close to their home. In their search, they found properties that were either not staying on the market long or were far away. They found the Arnold location after another site fell through.

“It was a blessing,” he said.

Brian C. Rittmeyer is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Brian by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

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