Affordable Self Storage, which operates three facilities in New York, is seeking approval to build a new location in Greenport, N.Y. Owner Todd Bawright presented a site plan to the planning board last week. If it’s approved, he hopes to build the facility this spring, according to the source.
The 4-acre property at Fairview Avenue and Kipp Lane is north of the town. The self-storage plans include a 16,000-square-foot, temperature-controlled building. The facility will be built without a rental office and won’t require any permanent utilities such as water or sewer. The property has room for expansion, but Bawright has no plans to pursue additional development at this time, the source reported.
During the first board meeting, Sandra Kipp, a board member and the owner of Kipp’s Mobile Home Park, voiced concerns about the public using Kipp Lane, on which she resides. It’s currently a private, residential road.
"Mr. Bawright reached out to me over the summer and said the building was going to be on the east side, not the west side," Kipp said. "He said he was going to set it way back, close to the road."
About 100 feet of the road would be used for public access, said Bawright, adding the property will have low-traffic use. "It’s so low. When it’s full, there might be four trips a day. Once your things are in there, you only go over every now and then. It’s nice to have a business that can have that low traffic and still be serving the public, serving a need and paying taxes," he said.
The board also discussed the 10-by-12-foot digital sign proposed for the site at its Dec. 27 meeting. Planning board chairman Edward Stiffler asked Bawright to reconsider the sign’s size and type.
A perspective view of the property from U.S. Route 9 will be shown to board members at the next meeting to demonstrate the distance between the sign and the road, Bawright said. "It’s over 100 feet from the road, so we just want potential customers to be able to see the self-storage space," he added.
Bawright plans to submit site-plan revisions to the board before its next meeting this month.
Affordable Self Storage operates facilities in Hudson, Kingston and Rhinebeck, N.Y.
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