Update 4/20/15 – The Xenia City Council approved a rezoning ordinance earlier this month that will enable David Martin Construction Co. to pursue its self-storage development on a lot near the intersection of Kinsey Road and North Detroit Street. The ordinance changes the zoning on the 4.9-acre lot from residential to commercial planned unit development.
The council approved the measure 5-1, with councilmember Dale Louderback casting the lone dissenting vote. Louderback said he voted against the rezoning after meeting with residents and agreeing with their concerns. “As I do on any vote, I hear both sides,” he said. “I have to take the neighbors’ consideration to heart.”
Councilmember John Caupp called property owner David Martin’s projects consistently “first class” and argued a self-storage facility was better than alternative uses for the land. “I have no doubt that it will be attractive,” he said.
The zoning was approved on condition Martin meets previously established design criteria requested by city planners.
3/30/15 – The Xenia City Council introduced a rezoning ordinance last week that would enable David Martin Construction Co. to pursue its proposed self-storage development on a 4.9-acre lot near the intersection of Kinsey Road and North Detroit Street. The ordinance would change the zoning from residential to commercial planned unit development, according to the source.
The property is between two apartment complexes and borders Xenia High School and condominiums to the east and south, respectively. Although city staff said the zoning change is inconsistent with the city’s X-Plan, its report recommended the council approve the application as long as the resulting development meets design criteria to help it blend in with its surroundings, according to Brian Forschner, planning director.
Design stipulations would include the use of stone at the base of the office building and pitched roofs on all buildings. Officials also want a landscaping fence or wall in front of the property and stone posts that tie-in with the office building, the source reported.
Property owner David Martin told the council he proposed the self-storage facility after he had difficulty selling the land. He has owned the lot for 20 years, according to the source.
The storage project was opposed during the public hearing by resident Roger Collins, who told the council he and other neighbors are concerned about potential dust and noise from the construction project.
The council could vote on the rezoning ordinance during its next meeting, the source reported.
3/25/15 – David Martin, owner of David Martin Construction Co., hopes to build a self-storage facility on an empty 5-acre plot of land he owns in Xenia, Ohio. The Xenia City Council will hold a public hearing this week to discuss rezoning the parcel on Kinsey Road near the Kinsey Village Apartments.
If his project is approved, Martin will be required to submit detailed site plans, according to Brian Forschner, city planner. Although the storage development is still in the planning stages, the facility might include small-office space in addition to storage units, Forschner told the source.
Xenia is 21 miles from Dayton, Ohio, in the Dayton Metropolitan Statistical Area. The region has several development projects underway, according to the source.
David Martin Construction is a privately held company based in Xenia, Ohio.