Update 8/20/15 – Connecticut Self Storage received unanimous approval from the P&Z board on Aug. 18 to build its CT Self Stor facility. The property will include two structures, a 51,200-square-foot building and another comprising 23,600 square feet. Both will be climate-controlled and include elevators.
Development details, including the property’s landscaping, were agreed upon during the meeting. A 5-foot-wide landscaping buffer will be added in front of the larger building. A change was also made in one building’s design to include a wall with windows at the rear of the facility to better match the appearance of the other three walls, the source reported.
Vehicle access to the facility will be via a single driveway off Schoolhouse Road. The property will have 14 parking spaces, one of which will be designated as handicapped parking, Lynch told the source. A sidewalk from the adjacent CVS Pharmacy to the storage facility will be included.
While sprinklers aren’t required per the city’s fire code, the developer agreed to add them, according to project engineer James Sakonchick, president of Kratzert, Jones & Associates Inc.. Connecticut Self Storage also agreed to recommendations from the Milford Tree Commission.
A substantial portion of the site will be left green, and a large detention pond will be included, Sakonchick said. The storage owner received unanimous Inland-Wetlands Agency (IWA) approval on April 1. The review was required because the proposed detention pond is within 150 feet of the upland review area for the Beaver Brook watershed, the source reported. The IWA imposed several conditions, including requiring signs by the pond to prohibit placement of snow removal. The facility operator must also submit an invasive-plant species inspection and removal plan.
CT Self Stor will employ two full-time managers who will work Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., according to facility co-owner J.R. Clisham. Gate access has yet to be determined but will likely be similar to that of the company’s other properties, Clisham said.
Connecticut Self Storage operates 10 facilities in Connecticut under the CT Self Stor brand and two in Massachusetts as Stor&Go Self Storage.
7/23/15 – Plans for the development of Connecticut Self-Storage in Milford, Conn., were tabled at a July 21 planning and zoning (P&Z) board public hearing after city planner David B. Sulkis expressed concerns about the project’s landscape buffer. Attorney Thomas Lynch, who represented the property developer in the proceedings, said the plans will require alteration to respond to those concerns and refrained from presenting them at the time, according to the source.
The 3.55-acre property at 33 Schoolhouse Road, just south of the Metro North Railroad tracks, currently contains a 1,471-square-foot, three-bedroom home that was built in 1940. The self-storage facility would replace the house and also occupy an adjacent empty lot that was previously used to store new cars. It will include 595 units.
The next public hearing on the project will take place Aug. 4. P&Z board member Jeanne Cervin requested the developer move the sign promoting the meeting from the front door of the house to somewhere closer to the road. Lynch agreed.
Lynch is an attorney with the law firm Lynch, Trembicki & Boynton in Milford.
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