Perhaps he should have left well enough alone.

In Texas, the Longview City Council had approved a plan by property owner Adam Wagner to build five self-storage buildings plus an office – a total of 72,000 square feet – in January 2018. It came with an understanding that a decorative iron fence with masonry columns would go up between McCann Road and the new buildings. The site is near Hawkins Parkway.

But now, Wagner has proposed to instead build two self-storage warehouses, with an office, for a total of 100,000 square feet – and he also wants to remove the iron fence, saying the storage buildings won’t have less attractive doors.

But the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission voted 4-3 against Wagner’s application on Dec. 18. And that means Wagner will need a supermajority favorable vote – meaning he would have to get six “yes” votes from a seven-member city council—in order to implement his new plans. The council meets on Jan. 10.

Source: Longview News Journal

Planned

The former Kmart in Longview, TX is the latest of the retailer’s former stores destined to become self-storage.

Also in Longview, TX: A former Kmart building may be replaced by apartment homes and a self-storage/mini-warehouse facility. The Longview Planning and Zoning Commission approved a specific use permit for Johnson & Pace, an engineering, architecture and surveying services company for the building and surrounding lot at 1100 McCann Road. The building has been vacant since Kmart closed it in March 2016. The property has more than 11 acres. The City Council next will consider the plan. Source: Longview News-Journal

In New Lenox, IL, Blue Ribbon Management is running into opposition to its plan to build an 111,810-square-foot self-storage facility on an 11-acre field that is next door to the subdivisions of Fieldstone and Grand Prairie. The complex also would include two 11,000-square feet of RV storage buildings. Current zoning laws don’t favor self-storage, so the company has applied for a special use permit. Mayor Tim Balderman said the village will listen both to developers and residents before finally deciding what to do. Source: The Herald-News 

Tyler Shustack hopes to build a self-storage facility with 230-plus units in Oneida, PA. It would go up on a site between Nuremberg Mountain Road and South Street, on 6.4 acres currently zoned as Conservation Residential, which does not allow self-storage. The East Union Township Zoning Hearing Board approved his application with a 3-0 vote, with conditions, such as having structures and fencing up to code.  Source: The Shenandoah Sentinel

 Seagate Development Group has begun the site development and construction of self-storage facilities in Estero and Ave Maria, both in the Fort Myers, FL area. They’ll bring a combined 141,000 square feet of storage space to Southwest Florida. Source: Business Observer 

Completed

CubeSmart Self Storage opened a three-story facility at 1838 Washington Blvd. in the Carroll-Camden Industrial area in Baltimore, MD. CubeSmart bought the 1.78-acre DeBois Textiles Inc. building for $2 million in 2017 and demolished it to make way for the self-storage building. For now, only the first floor is open. The facility eventually will have 1,000 units. It’s across the street from the Montgomery Park Business Center. Source: southbmore.com

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Bruce Goldberg