South side drive-up storage plan gets Plan Commission approval

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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. has gotten approval from the city Plan Commission, despite 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 the 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 voted to move the plan forward. The vote came with some adjustments to the plan, such as the distance it sits from U.S. 27 and the design of the business’s entrance.

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