On Monday, 80 residents of Bear Valley, a semi-rural community just east of Escondido, Calif., gathered to express their anger about a proposed self-storage facility they claim would ruin the pastoral charm of their area.
Last year San Diego-based PacVentures proposed to build Bear Valley Self-Storage on a 4-acre plot, inciting opposition from Bear Valley Rural Neighbors. The proposed project would consist of four buildings providing 586 storage units and a 950-square-foot office building.
After taking its grievance to the news media, the community group thought it had squashed the project. However, the developer filed a building application with the county Department of Planning and Land Use in April; and this month, residents received notice about a community meeting to discuss the scope of the project’s environmental effects.
Opponents say the residential area is no place for commercial development and that the only road leading to the site, a residential street, would be inundated with traffic. PacVentures says its proposed facility is superior to other storage sites in the area and is designed to look like a gated community. In addition, the proposed site is a busy intersection only suitable for commercial development, a company consultant said.
Source: San Diego Union Tribune, Residents fighting self-storage facility
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