Cedar Rapids takes on self-storage building zoning matter

Developer proposes storage garages next to homes

March 29, 2014 | 3:28 am

CEDAR RAPIDS — The City Council will take on a rezoning proposal on Tuesday in which a developer wants to build five self-service storage buildings at 33rd Avenue SW and J Street SW on a lot with a steep grade next to single-family housing.

The council put off the matter a month ago after council members had questions about the project.

On Jan. 2, the City Planning Commission recommended the change of zoning and the change in the city’s future land use map, both of which are needed to clear the way for the storage garage project. But the commission vote was a split one, 5-2.

The commission majority decided that the storage garages were acceptable on the corner of two arterial streets in an area with plenty of commercial development to the south and west.

However, commission member Allan Thoms, who voted against the project, said he opposed putting storage garages next to single-family homes on a site with topographic challenges. A number of trees on the site also will come down, he said.

Some on the City Council had similar questions last month, which prompted Mayor Ron Corbett to put the matter on hold.

The city’s future land use map calls for single-family housing or offices on the site at the northeast corner of 33rd Avenue SW and J Street SW.

The developer, JKLR LLC, and property owner James M. Hoke are seeking the changes in the city’s land use map and the in the property’s zoning on the site.

 

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