Self-storage developer William Nolan intends to build an 86,000-square-foot facility on a vacant lot in Upper Southampton Township, Pa., but could face residential opposition if history is an indicator. Nolan has proposed a mixture of five single- and two-story structures comprising 600 units on 3 acres along Kutcher Road, just south of Street Road. The planning commission recently reviewed the development plan, and some residents opposed the project, asking for the land to remain open space, according to the source.
One of the primary problems cited by homeowners is the closeness of the project to some residences. Storage buildings could be as close as 20 feet to some houses. A similar problem prevented a brain-injury center from being built at the site several years ago after residents mounted strong opposition to the development, the source reported. The property is zoned for residential use, but Nolan believes it’s ideal for self-storage because of its visibility from Street Road.
The developer told planners the self-storage facility would include perimeter fencing, a gated entrance, video surveillance, a storm-water drainage system and trees. It would close at 9 p.m. to help minimize impact on the neighborhood, according to the source.
No timetable was reported on when the planning commission may revisit the proposal.
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