Consignment Treasures seeks new land-use permit

Consignment Treasures applied for a new San Juan County conditional use permit May 8 for its Roche Harbor Road facility.

The recycling and reuse center, which uses the trade name CT Recycling, has been embroiled in a long-running dispute over land-use and permits with the county, and with several neighbors. It is managed by Frank Penwell, founder of the non-profit reuse center, who has operated a variety of businesses at the property since 1978.

The new permit application seeks approval of construction plans, change of use of two buildings and drop off of all recyclables.

The construction plans include constructing three new shed roof areas to protect drop off items and employees from rain while collecting and baling the recyclables. CT also seeks approval of a future building for sorting and storage of recyclables to replace the existing storage container.

The permit also asks to change the use of two buildings, from storage to retail, correcting what CT says was a building department error identifying the area as “storage” although the original application noted one of the buildings as “retail/storage.” The new permit would allow both buildings to be used for retail.

The drop off permit will allow customers to drop off both resale and non-resale items. Aluminum cans, plastic bottles, scrap papers and other not-for-resale items are not currently allowed to be dropped off.

A press release distributed last week by Consignment Treasures notes approval of these plans will improve the organization, efficiency in recycling operations, and attractiveness of the outside of the buildings and the collection areas.


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