Southeast Area Partnership opposes proposed drive-up storage

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A plan for drive-up storage units in the parking lot of Extra Space Storage, at S. Anthony and U.S. 27. faces opposition from a community group representing the area.

In a move similar to the location at Stellhorn and Maplecrest Roads, the exterior storage units would be in the parking lot of the building that holds indoor storage units.

The parking lot that once served Kmart shoppers and employees sits largely empty as nearby rows of spaces are used by Plant Fitness customers.

During Monday’s public hearing on the project, Cherise Dixie from the Southeast Area Partnership told the city plan commission the group opposes the project. Dixie said the rows of storage units “may discourage future development in the area.”

Dixie also expressed concern about the type of fencing surrounding the property. She asked the Plan Commission to consider the appearance after pointing out cinder block walls that were built around the old Target building.

The Plan Commission will consider approving the primary development plan for the project at the monthly business meeting Monday, January 27 at Citizens Square.

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