East Providence has issued a cease-and-desist order to a new metal recycling company that opened recently at the Rumford property where TLA Pond View – a construction and demolition waste recycler – was shut down by a receiver.
Kenneth Foley, the owner of the Dexter Road property, opened Pond View Metals about five months after TLA Pond View was shut down.
The new business opened there even though a clean-up being overseen by the RI Department of Environmental Management hasn’t even begun yet, according to the Providence Journal. Large piles of debris remain on the site.
Edward Pimentel, an East Providence zoning official, issued the order, according to the East Providence Post. It reads: “Be advised that this office has confirmed that signage advertising a new business at the above-referenced property has been introduced without the benefit of a requisite building permit.
“Furthermore, the referenced signage, in addition to an advertisement in the 30-31 January 2013, edition of the East Providence Post, is acknowledging presence of an operation engaged in the purchase of various metals and appliances. This office is not aware of the referenced business seeking a Certificate of Zoning or completing the requisite Change of Tenancy form, to evidence the appropriateness of said
“Purely based on the description of the operation from the on-site signage and advertisement, this office has sought a determination of the Waterfront Executive Director, as to its appropriateness within the Dexter Road Sub-district. The referenced determination is attached for your review. It has been concluded that the operation is in fact a prohibited land use, pursuant to Sections 19-481 and 19-96 of the City of East Providence Zoning Ordinance.
“Therefore, please refrain from engaging in the afore-mentioned business. Should said business be already in operation, you are hereby directed to immediately cease all actions and remove all materials and equipment associated with said business.”
TLA Pond View fell into receivership after several years of battles and legal action with its Rumford neighbors. An auction of its machinery and equipment was held late last year. But the clean-up