Developer Douglas Murrell has received planning-commission approval for the construction of a self-storage facility in Effingham, Ill. The project will require a special-use permit and was approved with the stipulation that a 6-foot barrier fence be erected along the sides of the facility to serve as a buffer from residential property to the south and east.
Commissioner Jeff Bloemker said the city’s growth has led to small commercial buildings being developed near residential areas. “We are trying to be sensitive to the neighbors, while not inhibiting the use of the property,” he said.
The planning commission agreed to Murrell’s idea to build the storage facility toward the back of the property as a way to restrict vehicles from driving behind it. The orientation will also enable the rear of the facility to serve as a residential barrier.
Murrell is in the process of purchasing the property at 2306 Hoffman Dr. from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield, Ill. In addition to residents, the self-storage facility will be near a car dealership.