We’ve had a couple of residents ask about the outcome of the BZA meeting on August 9 on the proposed Wade Hampton storage facility. Below is a summary from one of our board members:
The BZA Board met Thursday to decide whether to grant Mr. Ron Rallis a special exception for his proposed storage facility on Wade Hampton Boulevard, which is next to Community Tap (near where Mohawk and WHB meet).
Two of Mr. Rallis’ employees and he testified in support of the facility and the special exception. Additionally, one neighbor, who lives adjacent to the proposed facility testified in support.
Subsequent to the favorable testimonies, around ten individuals testified against the storage facility. They represented around 30 to 40 other individuals who were present and would have testified against. The reasons cited in the testimonies included:
WHB from BJU to Stone Ave is not an industrial corridor and should not be treated as such
WHB from BJU to Stone Ave is not White Horse Road and should not be treated as such
WHB from BJU to Stone Ave is a major gateway and should be treated as such
The area already has a storage facility close by (and a UHaul facility with storage)
Storage facility will bring down property values
Storage facility adds nothing to a gateway
Safety for walkers and children may be compromised
After testimony, the BZA voted to require the developer to hold a neighborhood meeting. The BZA tabled the special exception request until the September meeting.
We will keep you posted when we find out more about the meeting.
Notes on August 9 BZA Meeting on Proposed Wade Hampton Storage Facility