Self-storage facility approved

Contributing Writer

A new self-storage facility will soon open in Coon Rapids.

Applicant Dwight Larson received Coon Rapids Planning Commission site plan and conditional use permit approval April 20 for a self-storage facility to be located in an existing building at 11490 Xeon St. NW in Coon Rapids Industrial Park.

Larson plans to convert the building, which has been used for light manufacturing since 1979, into a self-storage use, construct a 90-by-20-foot addition and turn a section of the parking lot into outdoor storage.

According to Planner Scott Harlicker, self-storage is an allowed use in the industrial zoning district, but the outdoor storage proposal triggered the need for the conditional use permit and site plan.

The outdoor storage will be located on the south end of the existing building and will have designated storage spaces, which will be striped and labeled to ensure an organized storage area.

According to Larson, vehicles in good repair, open and enclosed trailers, equipment for maintaining grounds such as Bobcats and tractors, camper trailers and RVs, boats, trailers and other vehicles in good repair can be stored with controlled access gates installed at the entrance and exits.

The existing tenant, Graphic Finishing, will continue as a tenant on the north single-story section of the building, while the addition will serve as a multi-bay storage garage plus one property maintenance bay, Larson told the commission.

The project will be developed in two phases with the outdoor storage area to be the first phase and conversion of the two-story section of the existing building into self-storage space the second, he said.

But code requires that the second phase be completed within two years of the date of approval of the site plan and conditional use permit, according to Harlicker.

The site plan shows the outdoor storage area screened by a 10-foot-high privacy fence round its perimeter, but Harlicker said that the fence needs to be extended along the west property line and made that a condition of approval.

Commission members had some discussion on fencing, but left in place Harlicker’s recommendation.

Before moving forward with the project, Larson will have to obtain all necessary permits from the Coon Creek Watershed District, Harlicker said.