3 self­s­tor­age fa­cil­i­ties pro­posed

The Community Connection - - FRONT PAGE - By Evan Brandt [email protected]­tu­ry­media.com @PottstownNews on Twit­ter

LOWER POTTSGROVE >> This town­ship may soon be­come the re­gion’s self-stor­age cap­i­tal.

No fewer than three plans are now be­fore town­ship of­fi­cials for new self-stor­age unites on North Char­lotte Street, South Pleas­antview Road and East High Street.

The most re­cent pro­posal, which has been pre­sented to the town­ship com­mis­sion­ers but not for­mally filed, would lo­cated a new $3 mil­lion fa­cil­ity at 2148 E. High St., the site of sev­eral for­mer car deal­er­ships.

Called Moove-In Self Stor­age, the com­pany has just had a fa­cil­ity ap­proved in Amity Town-

ship, owns and in­tends to spend $500,000 on ex­pand­ing the ex­ist­ing self-stor­age on South Pleas­antview Road and now wants to add the for­mer car deal­er­ship to its hold­ings.

“We also have 20 other lo­ca­tions in Mary­land and New Jersey,” said de­vel­oper John Gilliland of In­vest­ment Real Es­tate Group.

The in­vestors had in­for­mally met pre­vi­ously with staff and Town­ship Com­mis­sion­ers Chair­man Bruce Foltz, “and we told them we weren’t in­ter­ested, that they needed to im­prove their plan, and they did.”

Gilliland said self-stor­age fa­cil­i­ties are in de­mand — he said there is a wait­ing list at the South Pleas­antview Road lo­ca­tion — of­fer tax base with low im­pact, no school chil­dren, lit­tle to no im­pact on po­lice ser­vices and low traf­fic.

He said stud­ies show the av­er­age unit renter vis­its only twice ev­ery 13 months.

Gilliland said the units would be a neu­tral color and face in­ward, so as not to dis­turb res­i­dents of the town homes neigh­bor­ing the rear of the prop­erty and would gen­er­ate much less light pol­lu­tion.

The ex­ist­ing of­fice/show­room build­ing would be gut­ted and con­verted to cli­mate-con­trolled stor­age units, he said.

Town­ship Man­ager Ed Wag­ner said the pro­posed ex­pan­sion at the South Pleas­antview Road site was pre­vi­ously ap­proved when the plan was first built.

That site cur­rently has has 267 units and plans call for adding 89 more, for a to­tal of 356 units.

It was not im­me­di­ately clear how many new units are be­ing pro­posed by Moove-In Self Stor­age at the High Street site.

On the other side of town is a pro­posal be­fore the town­ship plan­ning com­mis­sion spear­headed by GEG 663 Stor­age, said Wag­ner.

Lo­cated on four acres most re­cently oc­cu­pied by a used car deal­er­ship op­po­site Planet Fit­ness, the pro­posal calls for be­tween 175 and 300 self-stor­age units, depend­ing on their size, Wag­ner said.

A use vari­ance for the project, which is lo­cated in the com­mer­cial of­fice dis­trict, was ap­proved last year by the zon­ing board, said Wag­ner. The site plan for the project is now in the process be­ing re­vised for its next ap­pear­ance be­fore the plan­ning com­mis­sion.

Once it passes muster there, it must still win ap­proval from the town­ship com­mis­sion­ers.

EVAN BRANDT — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

A mock-up of the pro­posed Moove-In self stor­age fa­cil­ity at the for­mer car deal­er­ship on East High Street in Sanatoga in­cludes a re­tail-like fa­cade fac­ing the street.

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