The battle with neighbors may soon be over for Chester Heights Self-Storage.
The opening the storage facility in Chester Heights, Pa., was delayed by more than a year because of adverse weather conditions, construction issues and opposition from neighbors. The facility finally opened its doors in June despite an ongoing feud with homeowners who live behind the new facility.
The latest disagreement is over the location and type of trees to be planted on the homeowners’ property to create a visual barrier. A deep hollow lies between the homes and the rear of the facility. Homeowners wanted some kind of buffer so they wouldn’t have to view the back of the facility.
Several residents recently complained to the homeowners' association about the size and location of the trees. A mutual agreement was recently met at a joint meeting with the members of the Darlington Woods Homeowners Association, the Chester Heights Borough Council, and the facility owner, Dominic Cappelli. The Chester Heights City Council unanimously approved the agreement Monday.
The developer agreed to regrade a berm on the boundary with homes’ rear yards. Once the new berm is established, the homeowners will mark the spots where they want eight evergreens planted on their side of the buffer zone.
Development and construction of Chester Heights Self-Storage took about three years. Two self-storage buildings have been erected on the 5-acre site, with two more planned for the future.