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Self-storage facility approved for site next to Plantation Bay entrance

The facility will offer 103,255 square feet of self-storage on a 9-acre parcel.
by: Jonathan Simmons News Editor

A developer has won the Flagler County Planning and Development Board's approval to add a 103,255-square-foot self-storage facility on a 9-acre parcel just west of the northern entrance to Plantation Bay. 

"It’s a great class of business: It’s very quiet; it’s very boring."


— PAUL NEVINS, Par Storage

The board unanimously approved applicant Alann Engineering Group's application for a site development plan for a Par Storage Palm Coast facility at 2150 S. Old Dixie Highway. 

The site will have an air-conditioned three-story self-storage building, plus three non-air conditioned one-story buildings with roll-up doors, county Growth Management Director Adam Mengel told board members at a Jan. 11 board meeting. 

Kimberly Buck, an engineer for Alann Engineering Group, said the site plan gives residents a buffer.

"We’ve located the three-story building as close to Old Dixie as possible, keeping that as far from the residents in Plantation Bay as we possibly can," she said.

A 300-foot space behind the building will remain undeveloped at this point, serving as a buffer, she said. 

"It’s very evident that, standing where the building is located, you can’t see the residences from that location," she said. "That 300 feet is going to offer a pretty good vegetative buffer that’s going to remain in place for right now."

Developer Paul Nevins, of Par Storage, said the facility will be quiet and will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

"We try to come in with a Class A facility; we bring a good tax base for the community," Nevins said. "... We tend to be one of the best neighbors anyone can ever ask for. Our whole business model — I’m going to give you a little secret — is we want people to bring their stuff in, close the door and never come back — just pay their bill."

The facility will have gates, keypads and high-definition security cameras, he said. 

"These are not the old storage facilities that were built back in the '80s and '90s where they put up a chainlink fence and they look like garbage," he said. "This is a high class facility; it’s going to be worth a lot of money."

A handful of area resident spoke during the meeting's public comment period, saying they were concerned about noise and compatibility with the area.

But board member Timothy Conner noted that the parcel's zoning would allow for much noisier additions, like a strip mall. 

"As far as [general commercial zoning], this is probably as good a fit as you can get," Conner said.

The planning board approved the application unanimously.

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