Vacant K-Mart Owners Fight for Self-Storage in PA

The owners of a vacant K-Mart store in Lower Providence, Pa., want to convert it into a climate-controlled self-storage facility, but it will require an amendment to the existing zoning ordinance.

The owners of a vacant K-Mart store in Lower Providence, Pa., want to convert it into a climate-controlled self-storage facility, but it will require an amendment to the existing zoning ordinance. On Thursday, Geoffrey Glazer, vice president of acquisitions and development for Kimco Realty, asked the Board of Supervisors to schedule a public hearing to discuss the amendment. The board unanimously agreed to advertise and schedule the hearing.
 
Lutherville, Md.-based Kimco Realty, which owns the shopping center, would like to use 70,000 square feet of the 102,000-square-foot building for self-storage, using the remainder for retail stores. The company is interviewing self-storage management companies to operate the site.
 
The Ridge Pike Business District was not originally intended to have self-storage, but the proposed ordinance change would allow it. Some on the Board of Supervisors are questioning whether this is the best use of the space. One asked if Kimco could plant landscaping to improve the site’s appearance.

Glazer said that because the storage facility would only need 10 to 20 parking spaces, the parking lot could be developed into a pad-site for a medical office building or a restaurant use.

Source: Norristown Times Herald, Wheels in motion

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