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I-2 zoning request withdrawn

By BOB MOREHEAD

BGNN senior staff writer

The controversial request to rezone an industrial parcel on S Cleveland Massillon Road has been withdrawn, Norton city administrator Dennis Loughry announced March 28.

The request from multinational conglomerate Saint-Gobain was to rezone the land from light industrial to heavy industry to clear the way for a ceramics factory on the site, which would produce ceramic beads used to carry catalysts in petrochemical manufacture. Aluminum and silica, basically sand, are mixed with tiny wood chips and cooked around 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit; the sawdust is vaporized, leaving the nooks and crannies for the catalyst. The catalyst is added by the end user and would have no place in the Norton plant.

Paris-based Saint-Gobain predates the United States by several decades. Its first commission was the mirrors in the Palace at Versailles.

KDA built a custom fabricating plant on the site in 2016. In 2021, the company leased the original building to Kyoto Cooling and broke ground on a second building and office complex next door. Should the rezoning be approved, Saint-Gobain will inhabit the new building. This would make KDA’s David Klossner the landlord of his own industrial park.
The city itself was fielding a companion piece rezoning adjacent land the city owns, for both future expansion for Saint-Gobain if they want it and as a buffer for abutting neighbors. With the
KDA request withdrawn, the city withdrew its own.

What of the Saint-Gobain project?

“Their original piece is at least paused,” Loughry told BGNN, “because it required I-2 zoning because of the need for a smoke stack.”
With the withdrawals, a restart of the project would require the parties to start from scratch with the Planning Commission.

1 Comment

  1. Jack Gainer on March 28, 2024 at 7:22 pm

    Another loss for the citizens of Norton.
    Due to the proverbial “Nattering nay bobs of negatisum!

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