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Recycling plant prepares to move for FrontRunner

PROVO (Daily Herald) — The manager of a local recycling plant has mixed feelings about an upcoming move necessitated by the incoming FrontRunner South.

Jay Lamb, the general manager for Western Metals Recycling, said a tentative agreement between the company and the Utah Transit Authority should be signed this week, at which point they will hire a third appraiser to determine the appropriate value.

That’s a good thing, as are the improvements in design and technology that will come as a result of Western Metals building a completely new recycling plant in southeast Provo. The new facility will be better equipped to meet the public’s needs and will be a good contribution to the area, he said.

The challenges now are the money and the timing.

The company bought 51 acres of land adjacent to 1860 South and submitted building plans to the city, which were approved in February. However, UTA’s appraisal came in listing different assets and different moving expenses, which affects reimbursement of relocation costs as well as the actual value of the assets, Lamb said.


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