A proposed four-story self-storage facility in Wheaton, Ill., has been approved by the city council despite resistance from officials in nearby Carol Stream and other critics who believe The Lock Up Self Storage structure will negatively impact a local shopping center.
Wheaton officials agreed in December to annex the unincorporated parcel as long as BRB Development LLC purchased the vacant lot within 90 days. The company met the deadline, and council members this week unanimously approved the annexation. Officials also granted a special-use permit for the project.
BRB Development plans to build an 80,772-square-foot indoor facility on the property. Opponents argued against the 46-foot-tall building, insisting it will hurt businesses at the nearby Geneva Crossing shopping center, which is inside the Carol Stream boundary.
In September, Carol Stream board members passed a resolution objecting to BRB Development’s plans, including concerns that the height of the storage facility would reduce Geneva Crossing’s visibility. Wheaton’s approved plan is now in accordance with city storm-water requirements. An earlier plan complied with county standards but not Wheaton’s stricter guidelines.
The Lock Up operates self-storage facilities in eight states, including 13 in Illinois.