WEST BEND -
A month after receiving a conditional use permit from West Bend,
a recycling company opening a site in the city is asking to
The West Bend Plan Commission Tuesday night will hold a public
hearing on 5R Processors Ltd.’s request to amend the conditional
use permit it received Dec. 2. 5R wants to expand its operating
hours by 90 minutes at its new 7-acre site, 133 Oak St.
It has residential neighborhoods on three sides and the
Eisenbahn State Trail to the east.
At the first Plan Commission meeting, industrial site neighbors
had concerns about the business bringing in more traffic, noise
and lowering property values.
Friday, neighbors living at the intersection
of Oak Street and Second Avenue — 5R’s main entrance — expressed
concern about potential traffic problems but seem accepting of
the company moving in.
“It’s going to be disappointing because it’s
nice and quiet around here now,” Victoria Mills said. “I suppose
it’ll be like living next to a store.”
“My only concern is the amount of traffic
they’ll be bringing in and the people,” Amy Miller said. “There
are a lot of kids riding their bikes around here.”
Originally, the permit allowed 5R to operate
from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Saturday (51 hours per
week). The company has requested changing those daily hours to 7
a.m.-5 p.m. (60 hours) for its recycling division and 10 a.m.-6
p.m. (48 hours) for its retail store, according to a report
filed by Jim Reinke, West Bend Department of Development
business and development planner.
The change would meet production demands and
provide better retail hours for customers, according to the
“I don’t think it’s a really big deal,”
neighbor Peter David said. “I expected they would expand their
operating hours. I didn’t think anyone could run their business
on 40 hours a week.”
Headquartered in Ladysmith, 5R plans to hire
up to 50 workers at the former Praefke Brake & Supply Corp.,
which offers 105,398 square feet of buildings. 5R provides
electronics recycling, business-to-business services and
electronics resale shops.
The Oak Street property has been mostly
vacant since 2003.
The Plan Commission also will vote on a
proposed conditional use permit to allow Quincy Recycle Papers
Inc., Quincy, Illinois, to open a business-to-business recycling
unit at 2230 Stonebridge Circle in the West Bend Industrial Park
That 6.5-acre property has been vacant since
2012 when a former recycling business closed. The property has a
95,200-square-foot industrial building.
The commission will
meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall, 1115 S. Main St.