Self-storage business plan seeks flexibility on future land use

Lakota Self Storage could be built at 7686 Cincinnati-Dayton Road, but the 8.5-acre property first must be rezoned from light industrial, suburban residence and agricultural to a commercial planned unit development district.

The proposed plan calls for three self-storage buildings at 31,280 square feet, 24,000 square feet and 7,700 square feet. There also would be a 6,000-square-foot office building and a 2,100-square-foot leasing office. Outdoor storage would be available in parking spaces of 30 feet by 10 feet and 20 feet by 10 feet.

The majority of the site has been the host of a variety of uses, including a skid manufacturing plant, excavator, heavy equipment, concrete pipe storage, road construction staging area and railroad projects, according to Bob Hutsenpiller of Hutsenpiller Contractors.

A 1.8-acre portion of the site is designated for green space, but under the current zoning proposal that could be changed in the future by a developer getting a new plan approved by both county and township government.

That concerns residents who shares a long boundary with the property and say they’d rather have the site remain green space in perpetuity by having trustees prohibit future development on the site.

George Polak of Gregory Creek Lane said he is not against the development as a whole, just the rezoning of the residential parcel that is “sort of a thumb” into the residential area.

“This (residential area) was part of a very coherent and successful land use plan that had attracted some very nice, upscale property,” Polak said. “Right now, this property abuts on easily $1 million worth of real estate.”

“This would be a radical change to the neighborhood.”

Gary Roberts said the drop-off between the already developed residential community and the green space is precipitous.

“What kind of excavation would it take to overcome that elevation change to be able to develop this 1.8 acres?” Roberts said. “We would like to see this 1.8 acres remain a green space so we can at least maintain some site of wooded area and some type of small nature preserve from the back of our house.”

Trustees are expected to conduct a second reading and vote on the matter at their Feb. 10 meeting.

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