Initial plans for a proposed Town Center Self Storage facility in Highlands Ranch, Colo., have been rejected by the city’s developmental review committee. Residents and committee members voiced their displeasure for the project’s design during a meeting earlier this month, with one resident comparing the facility to a prison.
“Could I suggest we put some barbed wire and some Sing Sing on this structure, too, because it looks like a penitentiary,” resident Brock Norris said. Sing Sing Correctional Facility is a maximum-security prison in New York.
Philip Cullen, a former board member of the Highlands Ranch Metro District, called the facility’s design “disturbing” and “unfavorable to the community,” and said similar businesses were hurting property values in the area.
The proposed 441-unit, three-building location would be built on a 2.8-acre lot in a commercial area called Town Center East.
“As far as the architecture is concerned, we feel like we’ve done our best to essentially make it look like everything else around,” said Jon King, owner of the proposed facility.