A well-known developer has proposed a slate of new commercial buildings on property between Sawmill Road and Sawmill Parkway near Powell's southern boundary.
According to city records, Margello Development Co. plans to build four structures with a total of 61,000 square feet of commercial space on 4.5 acres southeast of the intersection of Presidential and Sawmill parkways.
Developer Vince Margello said the building nearest to Sawmill Road -- a 13,500-square-foot structure -- will be marketed to businesses in need of office and warehouse space. He said the 12,000-square-foot building directly west of that structure will be a sports-training facility with "all turf inside."
Margello said instructors will work with students interested in improving their field hockey, golf, lacrosse and volleyball games at the business. He said the building could be divided into a more traditional office and retail building in the future if the sports-training business ever leaves.
Plans call for two self-storage buildings with about 35,000 square feet of space available for rent on the western portion of the site near the Presidential Pointe shopping center.
Margello, who owns 10 storage units farther north off Sawmill Road, said he sees a need for more self-storage facilities.
"I've never had a vacancy," he said. "The minute somebody moves out, I get a call like that."
Dave Betz, Powell's development director, said the planned storage buildings could give city residents a new place to put their boats, RVs and other large vehicles.
Even with the demand for storage space, Margello said he intends to construct those buildings last to give him a chance to substitute in plans for buildings with different uses at a later date.
"If the office-warehouse (space) is in big demand ... I'll probably do two more office-warehouse buildings," he said.
Betz said the project represents the third phase of a plan to develop land southeast of the intersection of Sawmill and Presidential parkways. Margello previously developed commercial plazas to the north and west of the site.
Plans call for the shopping center to the north to share an access drive and parking with the new buildings.
Betz said the site of the new development has been zoned for commercial use since the late 1980s.
Powell City Council could vote on the project's final development plan before the end of June.