Since the community notification (as required for IDEM permit approval) of the plan to operate a Solid Waste Processing Facility, there has been a blatant disinformation campaign involving our local media outlets.
The most salient parts of this campaign are to indoctrinate the Citizens of Bloomington with the illusions that:
That is a good question.
Why are they making these claims?
In 1984 a use variance was requested by the property owners, George and Mary Green, solely to bring the legal non-conforming non-complying business (Ed Green & Sons) that was operating in a residential district into compliance. This was done so that the property could be sold to John Robinson (aka JB) with the assurance that the city could not shut down the business for the pre-existing non-compliance at a later date. John Robinson has recently leased this property to Bethany Stevens (aka Indiana Recycling Resource) and applied for the permit to operate a Solid Waste Processing Facility.
As soon as IDEM approves the permit, they want to have the Solid Waste Processing Facility built before the Citizens of Bloomington realize that we were lied to about the zoning. Then they can apply for non-conforming use variance to bring the illegal operation into compliance as a fait accompli where they can argue that "the strict application of the terms of the zoning ordinance will constitute an unnecessary hardship."
No, of course not.
The variance granted in 1984 does not allow a Solid Waste Processing Facility to be built on the site.
In fact, it expressly prohibits any change is use without a proper site plan review.
(Also be sure to check out the the 1995 variance request where JBs expressly states that "The salvage yard will remain intact at 1803 W. Vernal. . ." & "Salvage operations will not be expanded. . .")
And, in case you missed it, here it is again as it is clearly spelled out in the 1984 BZA REPORT:
"SITE PLAN REVIEW REQUIREMENTS WILL BE IMPOSED ON THE PROPERTY WHEN ANY EXPANSION OR MODERNIZATION OCCURS."
Let me also point out that the residential parcel that they are planning to build the "recycling drop-off" center on is not covered by this 1984 variance at all, as it was purchased in 1990 and was never owned by Ed Green. [This is triangular parcel at the lower right labeled C in the video.]