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Developer Aims to Build Combination Self-Storage, Gas Station in Elk Grove, CA

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Development company RD Capital is seeking zoning approval to build a mixed-use property in Elk Grove, Calif., that will include self-storage as well as a 7-Eleven gas station and convenience store. The proposal is for the 4.7-acre property on the northwest corner of Bond and Waterman Roads, which is bordered by the Fallbrook and Quail Ranch neighborhoods, according to the source.

The project would comprise seven structures, including a three-story climate-controlled building containing 780 units. The gas station and convenience store would sit on just under 2 acres, with the rest reserved for the storage facility. The site is currently zoned for commercial, but the developers will need a conditional-use permit, the source reported.

City officials suggested RD Capital meet with residents about the project before submitting its application. "The city was very conscious of what we were putting together," said Steve Diede, a principle with the development firm.

Diede and fellow principle Rohit Ranchhod met with residents twice to discuss the project. During an Oct. 4 meeting at the Fairfield Inn in Elk Grove, Ranchhod spoke to the group about the property’s design and asked for feedback. He presented pictures of a recently completed storage project in Galt, Calif., and stressed the proposed development would be well-maintained and aesthetically pleasing. The storage facility would have little effect on the neighborhoods and would “be a quiet neighbor,” he said.

Following the presentation, dozens of people expressed their concerns about the project and asked questions, including how the company would handle graffiti, if the site’s design would blend with the area’s rural culture, and what the landscaping would look like.

RD Capital plans to continue gathering input from residents and is expected to submit its application to the city early next year. The review process will take about four months before the proposal is submitted to the Elk Grove Planning Commission for the first legislative step of the approval process.

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