CARBONDALE REAL ESTATE – Opponents of a plan for controversial facilities for recycling and a trash-transfer operation outside of Carbondale continued to assail the proposal on Monday.Two real estate agents who attended a Garfield County public hearing told the commissioners that they believed the possibility of the facilities being built has lowered property values on Catherine Store Road by 40 to 50 percent and is driving away home buyers.Others contend that one of the applicants, Silt-based Mountain Roll-offs Inc. (MRI), is already using the site for a recycling operation without a permit, citing a letter the county’s senior planner sent to the company in late October.MRI and IRMW II LLC are seeking a land-use change permit to allow for the trash transfer and recycling facilities on Catherine Store Road about a mile from Carbondale. The companies want to build the transfer station at the former Mid-Continent coal-loading site, which IRMW II owns, using 5,000 square feet of space in an existing 44,000-square-foot building.
By Chad Abraham, Nov. 20, 2012 ADN

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