Portsmouth, Virginia is looking to open a permanent concrete plant, despite city and resident protests over the lasting impact of such a plant. This is a common issue around the nation as concrete companies look to expand operations and make concrete a more viable option in areas that see concrete shipped in from far distances. Let’s look at what’s happening in Portsmouth.
A 16.5 acre piece of land between the South Norfolk Jordan Bridge and Naval Shipyard was sold to PER Properties, with the agreement that they’d be able to build a permanent concrete plant, rather than use a temporary one in the area for concrete production and shipment. After getting all the required permissions to build the concrete plant, the city council did a reverse face and after community leaders brought up the lasting impact, challenged the build.
Everything from traffic concerns to noise to dust and other issues were raised about building a permanent concrete plant. There’s been some question as to why the city council changed their minds, including the idea that they were influenced outside the sphere of the council itself by a former member.
It’s a shame that hard-working businesses and concrete suppliers are running into issues like this around the country. While many cities would benefit from a permanent concrete plant, others aren’t sure about the long-term impact they’d bring to an area. This is where communities rally together to challenge the inclusion. Not all cities are ready for an industrial plant, like a concrete one, but as long as they hear out the issues from both sides, they can give a fair chance to companies who want to invest in their towns.