A climate-controlled residential storage facility is slated for construction in Blue Springs.
The three-story 99,000-square foot facility by Verdad Real Estate would go at 715 S.W. Missouri 7, on the nearly three acres between the QuikTrip at the corner of M-7 and U.S. 40 and the Kansas City Southern railroad tracks that cross M-7.
The Blue Springs Planning Commission unanimously recommended the necessary rezoning, from general business to regional commercial, at its Jan. 28 meeting, and the City Council unanimously approved the rezoning Monday.
According to city documents, the facility would have 739 storage units – nearly all of them climate-controlled with just interior access. A majority of the storage units would be 10x10 – 100 square feet. The smallest would be 5x5 and the largest 10x30.
QuikTrip owns the undeveloped land, and its deed had numerous food-based restrictions on any business permitted there.
The only planned access for the building would be via QuikTrip's M-7 access, and there’s already an easement for that. The only other possible entrance might be from U.S. 40, also through QuikTrip. Ron Cowger of AGC Engineers, which is partnered with Verdad, said QuikTrip signed an affidavit that approves the rezoning.
Senior planner Matt Wright explained to both the commission and council that with the deed restrictions, the land's grade, limited access possibilities and the low traffic volume that a storage facility generates, the storage facility is a more ideal development for the location than a high-traffic commercial or retail business pad.
James Montgomery of Verdad, which also constructed the nearby Hardee's on M-7, said the storage facility would be managed by Extra Space Storage, which is based in Salt Lake City and runs hundreds of facilities across the country, including a few in the metro area.
The council will still need to approve a conditional-use permit, site plan design and final plat before a building permit is approved.