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Storage Express Wins Approval to Build Self-Storage in Greenfield, IN, Despite Opposition

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Storage Express, which operates 91 self-storage properties in five states, received zoning approval last week to build a new facility in Greenfield, Ind., despite opposition to the project. The Hancock County Board of Commissioners approved the rezoning of 4.7 acres of land at 6722 U.S. 40.

The development had been debated at previous commission meetings and supported by county leaders, according to the source. However, town officials from Cumberland, Ind., argued the facility fell short of the development standards they desired for the area. Cumberland is in the process of annexing 286 acres east of the town, which includes the development site. The annexation was launched in 2014, a year before Storage Express purchased the land.

Cumberland officials hoped the area would eventually become a new town center including housing, offices, restaurants and retail. “The town would like to see that area thrive with a live-work-play atmosphere similar to a downtown,” Christine Owens, director of planning and development for Cumberland, wrote in a letter to Hancock County leaders.

The county also received more than 30 letters from residents concerned about an increase in criminal activity in the area. They also argued the area already has too many storage facilities.

Although the planning commission approved the rezoning, routine land-use restrictions were added to prohibit some uses such as bars, car washes, gas stations, liquor stores or nightclubs, the source reported. Developers must also submit their plans to Cumberland town officials as a courtesy.

The new Storage Express facility will include 400 climate-controlled units, perimeter fencing with a gated entrance, and video cameras. The operator plans to break ground before the end of the year.

Founded in 1992, Storage Express owns and operates self-storage properties in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee. The company has offices in Bloomington and Jeffersonville, Ind., as well as Indianapolis. Rentals are centralized out of the company’s Bloomington headquarters.

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