A proposed recycling facility that might not require city government approval drew residents' criticism during the Nov. 21 Grove City Council meeting.

A proposed recycling facility that might not require city government approval drew residents’ criticism during the Nov. 21 Grove City Council meeting.

Entire Energy and Renewables wants to open at 3570 Sunshine Park Place. The facility would use 48 tons of chipped up tires per day to create products, including a pigmentation medium, scrap steel and synthetic natural gas. The company hopes to open in April.

“It is a 100-percent recycling process,” said Richard Sloan, a manager at Entire Energy.

The synthetic gas would be used to fuel a gas turbine to create two megawatts of power to self-power the facility. More than half of the power would be sold to American Electric Power through an energy agreement, Sloan said.

Council discussed Energy Renewables’ request for a 54-foot high silo, exceeding the maximum allowed height of 35 feet.

Council ultimately decided to postpone a resolution that would appeal the Board of Zoning Appeals’ decision to grant a height variance for the silo. Council will address the resolution at its next meeting on Dec. 5.

City chief building official Mike Boso said Energy Renewables can open its plant if it demonstrates it meets requirements of the site’s zoning, which is SD-4 miscellaneous services. The company would need council approval only if it fails to meet zoning requirements.

“We should not be guinea-pigging our community,” said Teresa Mills of Parkridge Court in Grove City. She was one of four citizens who criticized the company’s plans.

Harry Long, of Ashcrove Drive, spoke on behalf of First Presbyterian Church of Grove City, 4227 Broadway. Energy Renewables’ proposed location would devalue the church’s property, he said.

A representative of Entire Energy and Renewables held an open house Nov. 29, after The Record’s press time, to answer questions.

Energy Renewables also must submit building plans to be reviewed by the city and the Jackson Township Fire Department, which would ensure the plans comply with state building and fire codes.

The city and fire department also will make sure the facility meets Franklin County Board of Health and Ohio Environmental Protection Agency regulations.

Entire Energy would use about 17,000 square feet of the existing 26,000-square-foot building.

The site’s 24-hour operation would create 21 jobs, 16 of which would be full-time.

The facility would be Entire Energy and Renewables’ first.

“This will be the showcase facility of this Ohio-made technology,” Sloan said.