The lawyers representing Seneca Dairy Systems LLC held a public information session on July 11 at the Romulus Fire hall to provide information on the proposed expansion on the former Army depot property. Attorneys Kimberly Nason and David Cook, from the Phillips Lytle law firm, and Earl Martin, principal owner of Seneca Dairy Systems LLC were in attendance to present plans for a proposed 10-year, three-stage $20 million project that would eventually comprise 221,600 square feet of manufacturing, warehouse and office space on a 75-acre site within the former Seneca Army Depot.
The session was attended by about 30 people and it’s primary focus was on the plan to build a 48,600-square-foot steel galvanizing mill. While the plan seems to represent a less serious environmental threat than the recently defeated incinerator project, there is still a significant amount of skepticism. Local officials, businesses, and environmental groups as well as the public remain concerned especially in light of the furor and lawsuits that were the outcome of Circular EnerG’s efforts to build the world’s largest trash incinerator on the property.
To his credit, Mr. Martin has been more open and forthcoming than the shadowy organization behind the incinerator project. Despite that, there are a number of concerns including waste disposal and more detailed plans for Phases 2 and 3 that will need to be addressed before the public will be comfortable with his project.