Hendersonville Regional Planning Commission and a neutral vote by the city’s General Committee, the Hendersonville Board of Mayor and Aldermen will consider in the coming weeks a proposal to allow an indoor storage facility to be built on East Main Street.
The two-story, 55,000-square-feet self-storage facility will be located between Simmons Bank and Regions Bank just south of Hendersonville City Hall. The land is zoned for commercial office uses and backs up directly to several homes along Burrus Avenue.
Currently allowed uses include financial, consulting and administrative services; general business and communication services; general personal services and professional services medical and non-medical.
The owner, represented by Gresham Smith and Partners, is requesting to amend the preliminary development plan by changing the zoning to add self-storage facilities as a conditional use – something not currently permitted in office zoning.
Several Burrus Avenue residents have spoken against the request – most recently during the General Committee meeting on Monday, Oct. 16.
Don Williams of Gresham Smith said the developers are proposing a two-story self-storage facility that would be designed to look like an office building. Other merits would include reduced parking and extensive security. Smith said this type of facility didn’t exist 30 years ago when the site’s initial master plan was developed and that there are already several of these types of buildings in Hendersonville.
During an Oct. 3 planning commission meeting, members failed to recommend the project to the board by voting 4 to 4 on the proposal. General Committee members appeared split as well with Ward 2 Alderman Scott Sprouse saying he thought the facility would meet a needed demand. Darrell Woodcock of Ward 5 said he wasn’t fully convinced of the merits of rezoning the property. Woodcock’s motion to pass the item onto the full board without a recommendation passed unanimously.
The request is expected to come to the full board either on Oct. 24 or Nov. 12. The Board of Mayor and Aldermen meets every second and fourth Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Hendersonville City Hall, 101 Maple Drive North.Read more from: