Zoning Change Aids Planet Self Storage Bid for Yorktown, NY, Facility

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A zoning change should help Planet Self Storage in its bid to build a new facility in the Staples Plaza in Yorktown, N.Y. The zoning board unanimously approved allowing storage in the retail center, finalizing initial approvals and code changes it made in December 2012.

Yorktown had previously limited self-storage in commercial shopping centers only to facilities that were attached to an additional commercial use rather than a standalone building. Facility operation is prohibited between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.

“We’re adding some pertinent requirements for self-storage centers that exist in another part of the code,” said John Tegeder, planning director. Board members discussed the need to simplify the town’s complicated code structure in its entirety, but accommodated the Planet Self Storage proposal to get the project moving.

“I think there’s an application now for this use in the Staples Plaza, and the bottom line is that I’d like to move it along,” said Michael Grace, Yorktown’s supervisor. “I think it’s nice to see that people are looking to re-invest in the town and re-invest in their properties, and I think we ought to be as accommodating as we can, and we’ll get it perfect at a later date.”

Planet Self Storage currently operates 20 facilities in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

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