Self-storage operator Carriage Barn Mini Storage in Hope Valley, R.I., received approval from the planning board last week to expand the facility. At the May 1 meeting, the members of the planning board unanimously approved a special-use permit, enabling the facility to add four buildings.
Situated on 5 acres, the facility currently has 200 self-storage units in four buildings. Owner Edward Faubert plans to add 20,000 square feet divided into 200 units. Faubert also asked the board to rescind other restrictions enforced on the facility since it opened in 1998 including the ban on outdoor storage and climate-controlled units. He told the board that not offering climate-controlled self-storage is hurting his business. In addition, Faubert would like to open his facility to storage for boats, RVs and other vehicles.
The board approved waiving the restrictions on outdoor parking as long as the stored vehicles are registered and not construction equipment. The board also lifted the ban on climate control. Faubert’s application for expansion will be considered by the city’s zoning board on May 16.