Vacant Self-Storage Facility in Lebanon, IL, Considered for Redevelopment

Paul and Jeanne McCleery are seeking approval from the county to redevelop a vacant self-storage facility in Lebanon, Ill., into McCleery Safe Storage. The St. Clair County Zoning Board of Appeals on Monday recommended approving a special-use permit for the 4-acre property. The county board is scheduled to vote on the project later this month, according to the source.

Paul and Jeanne McCleery are seeking approval from the county to redevelop a vacant self-storage facility in Lebanon, Ill., into McCleery Safe Storage. The St. Clair County Zoning Board of Appeals on Monday recommended approving a special-use permit for the 4-acre property. The county board is scheduled to vote on the project later this month, according to the source.

The couple plans to buy the bank-owned facility at 10027 W. U.S. 50, which includes two existing buildings, one of which is 129,000 square feet. Their plan is to build up to five more structures. The facility will also offer propane sales, U-Haul equipment rental and self-service ice.

Paul McCleery plans to invest $150,000 in the redevelopment in addition to the purchase price, according to the source.

During the meeting, the McCleerys presented the board with artist renderings. “We don’t want [it] to be an eyesore; that’s just not how we do things,” Jeanne McCleery said, adding the property will have fencing as well as landscaping.

Although the McCleerys requested to add outside vehicle storage, the board denied it based on previous experiences with the service. “Usually where the problems start is the outside storage … because they’re not outside storage. They become almost salvage yards, where people bring things; they never go away and the weeds grow up, and it becomes a real eyesore to the neighborhood,” said board member Alexa Edwards.

Zoning director Anne Markezich also noted an area designated for future storage buildings is in a flood zone. “[Paul] will have to do a lot of work to build the buildings there, but he’s aware of that,” she said.

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