Grove City has determined a tire recycling company doesn't meet the city's zoning requirements.

Grove City has determined a tire recycling company doesn't meet the city's zoning requirements.

Entire Energy and Renewables, which planned to open a recycling-based facility at 3570 Park Place, would use 48 tons of shredded tires per day to create products including a pigmentation medium, scrap steel and synthetic natural gas.

City chief building official Mike Boso has ruled Entire Energy doesn't meet the city zoning code. The company has the option of seeking a recommendation of approval from the city planning commission.

Boso said Entire Energy sent a zoning analysis to the city on Jan. 11.

Boso responded to Gary Curry, who owns the building at 3570 Park Place and is part of the joint venture with Entire Energy, in a letter dated Jan. 20.

Boso wrote that some accessory aspects of the business, including the production of synthetic natural gas and electric services, would be permissible in the existing SD-4 zoning classification.

The company's primary function, the reclamation of carbon black, doesn't meet current zoning requirements and doesn't fall under the city's acceptable-use classification of refuse systems.

"As highlighted in your analysis, that classification includes 'establishments primarily engaged in the collection and disposal of refuse by processing,'" Boso wrote. He said Entire Energy's Jan. 11 submission "fails to mention either one of those terms.

"It appears that the primary use involves the reclamation of materials," Boso wrote. The use "is not permissible in any zoning district in the city."

Boso said the city doesn't believe Entire Energy qualifies for the category of a refuse collector, because its tires would be processed before they arrive in Grove City.

The zoning analysis sent by Entire Energy said "previously shredded automobile and truck tires will be processed to retrieve carbon black, steel, diesel fuel and synthetic natural gas."

Whether Entire Energy next goes to the planning commission is "strictly up to the applicant," Boso said.

"I want to respect the formal processes (the city has) laid out," said Rich Sloan, a manager at Entire Energy. He declined to say if Entire Energy would take its zoning application to the planning commission.

Tattoo parlor Bleeding Ink had a similar situation when it wanted to locate at 3697 Garden Court in May 2009.

"We didn't have the zoning classification in our code to permit a tattoo parlor," Boso said.

The planning commission recommended approval for the parlor and council gave its final approval.

Entire Energy also sought a variance to build a 54-foot silo, which would exceed the maximum 35 feet allowed. Grove City Council is slated to vote on the variance at its Feb. 6 meeting.