Self-storage real estate investment trust Extra Space Storage Inc. is seeking approval to renovate its facility at 7540 McCormick Blvd. in Skokie, Ill. The company plans to demolish an existing single-storage building encompassing 5,045 square feet of storage space and add a new, two-story facility and office in its place.
The Skokie Plan Commission unanimously approved a special-use permit for the property last week. It recommended changing the zoning definition of a self-storage warehouse to include limited retail sales. Board members also determined 13 spaces would be needed.
The new structure will add 329 units to the property and include 3,309 square feet of storage space, 1,080 of which will be designated for the office and retail center. An existing onsite apartment will be removed.
The proposal includes relocating the facility’s vehicle parking to a new designated area. Tenants with oversized vehicles will be able to park along a fence on the south side of the property or near the detention pond on the southwest corner.
The renovation plan will now be submitted to the city’s Appearance Commission, and then the Village Board for final approval.