A new self-storage facility and retail strip mall may be constructed on a 3-acre plot in McHenry, Ill., by land owner Thomas Grieco. According to city documents, the proposed project would include 13,560 square feet of self-storage space for 230 units in five buildings.
Grieco’s lot is at 305 N. Front St., between the Fountain Shoppes Shopping Center and the Warsaw Inn Restaurant. He is asking the city for two variances. The first address the minimum width of the lot. The second addresses current city zoning that only allows one main building per lot.
City staff believes it’s unrealistic for the entire property to be used for retail because of its 670-foot length, according to a memo to the City Council. The self-storage buildings would be toward the rear of the lot.
If the conditional-use permits are approved, the project must still go through the building-permit and engineering processes.