Storage Deluxe, a Manhattan-based self-storage owner and developer, faces an uphill battle to secure a special-use permit that would allow a facility to be built at 1401 4th Ave. in New Hyde Park, N.Y. The board of trustees tabled the request last week after listening to several residents argue against the four-story project, according to the source.
Though the facility would be built next to a car-storage provider, the property is across the street from residences. Homeowners complained the community has already been impacted by the construction of a third track at the nearby Long Island Rail Road and suffers from noise caused by trucks visiting the neighboring World Courier Inc. facility, the source reported.
“It’s bad enough we have to deal with all these other problems, but now you’re adding this new big structure, and it’s another added problem,” Matt Hawkeiser, who lives across the street from the proposed building site, told the board. “There’s no real upside to this.”
Christopher Lynch, a management executive with Storage Deluxe, is listed as the applicant. In addition to the special permit, the project also requires a zoning exception from the board of zoning appeals, which is scheduled to address the project on Aug. 9.
Founded in 1998, Storage Deluxe has developed 46 projects totaling approximately 5 million square feet, including 42 self-storage facilities, three art-storage facilities, 58,000 square feet of retail, and an exotic car-storage property. In 2011, the company sold 22 of its New York storage facilities to CubeSmart for more than $560 million. At the time, it also transitioned day-to-day management of its remaining properties to CubeSmart. Storage Deluxe has remained active in the New York Metro area since the portfolio sale, completing 19 acquisitions, and the company is aggressively seeking new development and acquisition opportunities.
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