A proposal for a three-story storage building moved forward with unanimous approval from Powell's Planning and Zoning Commission last week despite concerns expressed by some panel members.

A proposal for a three-story storage building moved forward with unanimous approval from Powell's Planning and Zoning Commission last week despite concerns expressed by some panel members.

The commission Sept. 14 voted 6-0 to approve the preliminary development plan for Tri-Village Self Storage's proposed facility. The facility, about 88,000 square feet, would be housed on a 3-acre site east of Village Park Drive between Clairedan Drive and Penny Lane.

Commission member Shawn Boysko, who worked on the proposal, recused himself from the discussion and vote on the project.

Although the board unanimously approved preliminary plans for the building, multiple board members commented on its height and the size of its footprint.

"I think you've done a lot with it," commission member Joe Jester said. "I still think it's an awfully large building."

Melanie Wollenberg, an executive vice president for developer Brexton, said the project would not look out of place. The building would sit directly north of an apartment complex and across Village Park Drive from another self-storage complex.

"We're really not out of scale with this neighborhood," she said.

Commission member Don Emerick said even among its neighbors, Tri-Village Self Storage's facility would stand out.

"I'm still concerned about the overall massing of the building," he said.

Other commission members expressed little unease about the proposal.

"I'm fine with the state of this plan right now," commission member Richard Fusch said.

Commission member Trent Hartranft said he didn't have "any concerns" with the proposal.

Commission member Bill Little said he wanted to see more information about lighting and signs before the panel votes on the final plans for the building.

Before the developer can move forward with the project, the Planning and Zoning Commission and Powell City Council must approve the final development plan for the site.

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