Planners Favor Montgomery Development Group Self-Storage Project for Spartanburg, SC

The Spartanburg, S.C., Planning Commission voted unanimously last week to recommend approval for a zoning change on 2.3 acres at 899 E. Main St., which would enable local real estate developer Montgomery Development Group (MDG) to build a self-storage facility. The project would include the conversion of 43,000 square feet of warehouse space and the addition of up to five single-story structures, according to the source.

July 25, 2017

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Planners Favor Montgomery Development Group Self-Storage Project for Spartanburg, SC

The Spartanburg, S.C., Planning Commission voted unanimously last week to recommend approval for a zoning change on 2.3 acres at 899 E. Main St., which would enable local real estate developer Montgomery Development Group (MDG) to build a self-storage facility. The project would include the conversion of 43,000 square feet of warehouse space and the addition of up to five single-story structures, according to the source.

Though the property currently houses warehouses, it’s been zoned for residential use for nearly two decades and hasn’t been used for at least 15 years. MDG is negotiating to purchase the land from Arthur State Bank, but the city must rezone the property to general-business use to enable the project, the source reported.

MDG CEO John Montgomery told the commission the storage facility will serve the city’s growing apartment communities near downtown. It’ll be well-lit but remain secluded from neighboring properties due to existing buffers, he said. It will offer climate-controlled and traditional storage.

City planner Natalia Rosario indicated the storage business would add to the municipality’s tax base.

Though some residents voiced approval for the project during the meeting, others indicated they were concerned about other potential business uses should the property ever be sold. “I’m not in opposition to what John Montgomery wants to do,” resident Sidney Fulmer told the board. “I know it would be of the utmost quality. It’s the zoning to B-3 that is the problem … I do feel like we need to have some assurances that if this property got sold down the road that some of those [uses] do not end up there.”

Montgomery, who has ownership interests in the nearby Drayton Mills Lofts and Drayton Mills Marketplace, told planners he has a personal connection to the Main Street property because his family owned the warehouses during the city’s textile boom. The developer is open to restrictive covenants on the property, he said.

The city council will have two opportunities to discuss and vote on the project, according to the source.

Based in Spartanburg, MDG specializes in commercial, industrial, master-planned and multi-family development projects.

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