Self-storage project denied, 2 others approved at Charlotte City Council meeting

Rendering of a planned self-storage facility on Prosperity Church Road, filed as part of a rezoning request with the city of Charlotte.
Rendering of a planned self-storage facility on Prosperity Church Road, filed as part of a rezoning request with the city of Charlotte.

It was a split decision Monday for self-storage buildings proposed in Charlotte, with one denied and two approved.

The proposals were part of a wave of self-storage facilities targeting Charlotte, which is seeing its population boom and the number of apartment dwellers rise. Rule changes to city regulations have also made it easier to build self-storage, and investors see it as an attractive asset with steady cash flow.

City staff recommended against two of the proposals:

▪ Steele Creek: City Council voted this plan down, with members Kenny Smith, LaWana Mayfield and John Autry in favor and other members against. BNA Homes and Stor-All proposed building 69 townhouses and a public storage facility on a site off South Tryon Street, near Wrights Ferry Road. The two-story, climate-controlled self-storage facility would have been located directly on South Tryon Street. The townhouses were approved.

City staff said the proposal was inconsistent with plans for the area, and that the storage building shouldn’t be located at the entrance to a residential neighborhood.

“I really am concerned about this at the entrance of a nice neighborhood,” said council member Patsy Kinsey.

▪ Belmont neighborhood: City Council approved a plan by Pamlico Investments to build a mixed-use, self-storage facility at 10th Street and Seigle Avenue, just east of uptown and near Plaza Midwood. The building would be up to 117,000 square feet, with up to 10,000 square feet of ground-floor shops, restaurants, cafes or offices. The city changed its zoning rules last year to allow self-storage in urban, mixed-use areas, as long as the buildings include ground-floor retail or office space.

City staff had said the plan wasn’t right for the site, which is the entrance to the Belmont neighborhood, adjacent to the Cross Charlotte Trail greenway route and envisioned to help transform its surroundings. “The proposed self-storage as the primary use does not support the transformation anticipated by the area plan,” staff wrote.

Another proposal, which also passed, got a favorable recommendation from City Council.

▪ Prosperity Church Road: A mixed-use self-storage facility was proposed for Prosperity Church Road between Johnston Oehler Road and Interstate 485, near the recently completed interchange. The building would include up to 17,400 square feet of shops, restaurants and offices, and 101,000 square feet of self-storage space. Real Estate Investment Fund, managed by Ivon Rohrer, is developing the complex.

“If we’re gonna have them, this kind of development is the best,” said council member Claire Fallon. “If you’re going to do it, do it with something else that’s an amenity for the community.”

Ely Portillo: 704-358-5041, @ESPortillo