Upstate Shredding has abandoned its plan to built a metal sorting plant at this site on Route 434 in Owego. [Bob Joseph/WNBF News][/caption]

The owner of Upstate Shredding says he has selected an alternate site for a metal sorting facility he plans to build in Tioga County.

Bob Joseph/WNBF News [file][/caption]

Adam Weitsman dropped his original proposal to construct the new plant on Route 434 in the Town of Owego after residents and business owner expressed concerns about the location.

Weitsman told WNBF News he has decided to build the sorting facility at the existing industrial park off Route 38 where his metal recycling business already has an operation.

Weitsman said he expects the heavy media plant will cost about $8.5 million at the alternate site.

The facility was expected to be constructed on property previously occupied by 84 Lumber. But after many people spoke against the project at that site, Weitsman said he decided to build the plant elsewhere. The initial plan had received approval from the town Zoning Board of Appeals.

Weitsman estimated the change will delay the project by a couple of months. He said the revised location likely will raise the total cost of the plant by about $500,000.

The move to the alternate site means the plant will be higher than it would have been at the original location, where it could have had a wider footprint. The facility now is expected to be about three or four stories tall.

Weitsman said he expects the operation will employ between 15 and 20 people. He said construction could start in April and the the plant could be open by July or August.

Upstate Shredding has an existing operation at an industrial park off Route 38 in the Town of Owego. [Bob Joseph/WNBF News][/caption]

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