Cary, NC, Town Council Approves Self-Storage Site Near Carpenter Historic District

The Cary, N.C., Town Council last week approved a special-use permit and site plan for a self-storage facility to be developed on the east side of North Carolina Highway 55, north of where it intersects with Morrisville Parkway. The 135,000-square-foot facility will include five single-story buildings and one two-story, according to the source. The property is near the Carpenter Historic District, a 210-acre area featuring structures built in the late 19th century through 1933.

The Cary, N.C., Town Council last week approved a special-use permit and site plan for a self-storage facility to be developed on the east side of North Carolina Highway 55, north of where it intersects with Morrisville Parkway. The 135,000-square-foot facility will include five single-story buildings and one two-story, according to the source. The property is near the Carpenter Historic District, a 210-acre area featuring structures built in the late 19th century through 1933.

The self-storage plan passed with a 3-2 vote, with two councilmembers absent. Councilor Lori Bush and Mayor Harold Weinbrecht argued the property was too near the historic district, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000, according to the town website. Municipal officials have been working on a preservation plan for the historic area.

“My biggest concern is that it is catty-corner to the Carpenter Historic District, and we spent a lot of time and a lot of money talking about how that is planned and how that is going to move forward,” Weinbrecht said during the meeting. “So I’m concerned that this is not harmonious.”

Bush also argued there are three self-storage facilities within a quarter mile of the site and that another facility could turn highway 55 into “mini-storage way,” the source reported.

Councilmembers in favor of the project noted the property is a narrow tract between the highway and railroad tracks, making it unsuitable for other uses. “There is a demand for this,” councilmember Don Frantz said during the meeting. “The reality is Cary is an incredibly fast-growing community. Lots of new homes. Lots of new families, and they have lots of stuff. To me, I don’t know what other use you’d prefer that’s really going to generate little to no impact whatsoever.”

Frantz also argued the self-storage facility is favorable because it would generate little additional traffic.

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