Self-Storage Project in Maryland Shelved Until Planning Commissioners Can Visit Site

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A proposed self-storage project in St. Michaels, Md., has been tabled until Talbot County Planning Commissioners can assess the potential site personally. Rio Vista Self Storage is seeking multiple conditional waivers for the project, and commissioners decided to visit the site to better assess how the storage facility could impact adjacent property owners.

The 4,500-square-foot facility would be built on Talbot Street as part of the Gateway Commercial Zone, an area intended to be a “positive visual experience” when visitors enter the town, according to the source.

Rio Vista wants a waiver from inserting landscape screening along the back of the property where a screen already exists. It also has requested a sidewalk easement waiver. In addition, the company wants an access point from State Route 33.

Among county staff concerns is traffic circulation on the site, particularly room for vehicles to complete turns in the rear of the property where parking is planned. Rear parking is a requirement in the Gateway Commercial Zone, and buildings must be set back from the street with landscaping in front, the source reported.

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