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IL Self-Storage Developer Battles City for Approval


A self-storage developer in O’Fallon, Ill., continues to battle with the city council over a proposed self-storage facility in an industrial area along a major highway.

Barry Hayden, who hopes to build a vinyl-sided self-storage center among metal buildings in an industrial area, has met with the city’s planning committee four times.

At a city community development meeting in January, it was suggested the facility be structured from concrete block or brick. Hayden said it would be too expensive to be cost-effective. He did, however, agree to use brick on the ends of the building, leaving the front and sides in vinyl. The city council rejected the idea and the plans were sent back to the committee. There is nothing in the O’Fallon ordinances that require masonry buildings in industrial zones.

The committee insists it’s not just about aesthetics, but also longevity. Hayden had originally proposed metal siding for the facility. After some discussion, the committee will ask the city council to consider the same proposal: brick ends with a vinyl side and front. The council will consider the plans on Feb. 7.


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