A rezoning plan recently submitted to the city of Charlotte would allow a mixed-use, self-storage building at 6125 Nations Ford Road, part of a trend towards buildings combining storage with restaurants, shops and offices.
Although the idea of combining cafes and self-storage might seem unorthodox, the Nations Ford Road project is just the latest in a mini-boom of such proposals for Charlotte. That’s because a rule change last year allowed self-storage buildings in areas designated for urban, mixed-use development, as long as ground-floor retail or offices are included.
There are similar projects proposed on West Morehead Street near uptown, Hawthorne Lane off Central Avenue, Seigle Avenue near uptown and Prosperity Church Road off Interstate 485.
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Michael Adams, founder of Hawthorne Pizza, is behind both the Hawthorne Lane facility and the proposal for Nations Ford Road. According to rezoning documents, the Nations Ford Road plan would include:
▪ A five-story building
▪ Up to 80,000 square feet of storage
▪ Up to 10,000 square feet of retail space for shops or restaurants
▪ Up to 1,000 square feet of office space.
The 1.8-acre site is currently vacant. Charlotte City Council will hold a hearing on the rezoning request in the coming months before voting to approve or deny the petition.