Another Westbrook business is threatening to leave if the city allows Pike Industries to expand mining operations at its quarry in the Five Star Industrial Park.

New Age Media, which owns television stations, said today that it will move to a quieter, less disruptive location if Pike expands mining at the Spring Street quarry.

Idexx and Artel, both biomedical companies, have said they will move operations if Pike’s plans are allowed.

Explosions used to break up rock at the quarry, which is 1,400 feet from the New Media property, vibrate the company’s buildings, interrupt recordings and frighten employees, said New Media’s regional general manager Doug Finck.

The company owns WZMY-TV, WPXT-TV and WPME-TV and employs 25 full-time workers.

Pike Industries bought the quarry from Blue Rock and wants to expand the operation there. Nearby businesses say the city marketed the park as a high-tech campus incompatible with a quarry.

City officials are trying to find a compromise that would allow Pike to continue working the mine but not make the area untenable for other businesses or residents.

The Spring Street Quarry / Industrial Zone Steering Committee, which is trying to design a compromise that would allow Pike to continue there without upsetting business and residential neighbors, holds a public hearing Wednesday at Westbrook High School at 6 p.m.

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