A self-storage facility to be built in Rocklin, Calif., this summer is getting less than enthusiastic response from residents, whose row of homes lies adjacent to the parcel. The Yankee Hill housing development homeowners association worked with the local planning commission to address issues such as lighting, landscaping, fencing and the nearby wetlands, but neighbors are still concerned.
The 209,862-square-foot self-storage and light industrial complex is being developed by Tom Smith of Thomastown Builders, who said he showed his site plan to homeowners before he even bought the property. Smith built another facility in the area 11 years ago, Rocklin Self Storage, with which neighbors seem pleased.
One of the issues on the table is the fact that there is only one road leading in and out of the area, and it is frequently blocked by a train. The city has agreed to create a second outlet, and Smith agreed to pay for signs and a roundabout to discourage large trucks from exiting the facility through the housing development.
In addition, neighbors adjacent to the property will be deeded at least 30 extra feet to their backyards, but some homeowners are not prepared for the additional property taxes that come with the gifted land.
Source: Rocklin Placer Herald (Calif.), All is not well in Yankee Hill