CUMBERLAND — Progress is being made toward a possible resolution in Braddock Construction Co.’s request to rezone 104 acres off state Route 36 and relocate its headquarters there.

The Allegany County Planning and Zoning Commission recommended in December against the rezoning, siding with critics of the plan that the applicant, Kristin and Dave Weimer, owners of Braddock Construction, had not shown a mistake in previous zoning or a change in the character of the neighborhood.

The commission forwarded its recommendation to deny the request to the county commissioners. They returned the matter back to county zoning for consideration, in large part because comments made by several board members during executive session did not go hand-in-hand with the final recommendation.

Braddock officials want to build a hot-mix asphalt plant, a rubble-clearing landfill and relocate its company headquarters.

Area residents have expressed concerns about dust, noise, increased truck traffic and health concerns about the operations at the site.

Officials said the dust wouldn’t be a problem due to the type of plant Braddock Construction has agreed to purchase.

Phil Hager, county planning coordinator, said recently that Cumberland attorney Edward Crossland and representatives of Braddock Construction had made some progress toward a compromise. On Friday, Crossland said he was to meet today with some of the nearly 20 residents who live near the property, located approximately one mile south of Mountain View Landfill and two miles north of Midland.

“We may have a possible resolution to it,” Crossland said. “There have been some concessions by everybody.”

Crossland said it appeared the issue was to head toward litigation and both sides had to ask some difficult questions.

“It’s like, how far does anybody want to go,” Crossland said stakeholders asked of themselves. “Is there room to compromise?”

Maybe. Even if Braddock Construction and the residents who oppose the rezoning reach an agreement, Crossland said he is unsure how to proceed. The county Planning and Zoning Commission would be consulted, he said, but the next step is unclear.

Crossland said the residents who oppose the rezoning have been “very reasonable in their requests” and that Braddock Construction officials have “been very reasonable and open.”

Contact Kevin Spradlin at kspradlin@times-news.com.

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