Lots of Keller residents turned out to the Oct. 20 City Council meeting to speak for or against a proposed storage facility near a neighborhood.
Council, with a 4-3 split vote, denied the project.
The property in question is located in the southeast corner of intersection of Bear Creek Parkway and Davis Boulevard in southeast Keller, where developers requested a Special Use Permit to put in a climate-controlled self-storage center, about 550 feet north of an existing storage facility. The proposed building was to be three stories tall and have nearly 92,000 square feet.
“It doesn’t fit,” said Jackie Black. “This doesn’t have a country feel ... This a mammoth building that’s an anomaly to its area.”
The property is zoned for commercial, but the city requires the Special Use Permit for self-storage facilities. It backs up to a planned neighborhood.
“I strongly oppose this development,” said David Moreland in the public hearing. “We depend on you as City Council members to protect us from developers from Dallas from coming over here and putting a three-story monstrosity right in the entrance to my development.”
Many of the residents who spoke in support of the proposed project referred to the low traffic that the facility would attract, and that the development would be high quality.
City Manager Mark Hafner described the city staff’s position on the proposal as “neutral.” The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval with a vote of 3-2.
Some Council members said they’d rather see the property be used on something that can bring in more sales tax revenue to the city, and were concerned about the proximity to an existing storage facility.
“I have heard very high numbers of citizens opposing this project,” said Council member Tom Cawthra. “The citizens opposing this are still too strong to allow this to pass,” later adding that the plans “look good, but it’s just in the wrong place.”
Council members Debbie Bryan, Armin Mizani, Cawthra and Mayor Pro Tem Rick Barnes voted to deny the proposal. Mayor Mark Mathews and members Bill Dodge and Bill Hodnett voted in favor of the project.