A proposed 97,000-square-foot, 519-unit self-storage facility targeted for construction in Violet Township has moved a crucial step towards fruition with the city of Pickerington's help.

A proposed 97,000-square-foot, 519-unit self-storage facility targeted for construction in Violet Township has moved a crucial step towards fruition with the city of Pickerington's help.

Oct. 7, Pickerington City Council voted unanimously to authorize approval of an access permit for the Storage One development via Spring Creek Drive N.W.

The passage of the resolution helps Storage One clear another hurdle en route to constructing a 10-building self-storage facility on the southeast corner of Milnor and Refugee Roads in Violet Township.

Getting the city to sign off on access was necessary because the site plan for the facility calls for access off Spring Creek Drive, a city of Pickerington-owned and maintained public roadway.

Both the Violet Township Board of Trustees and the Fairfield County Regional Planning Commission previously approved the self-storage development plans, but the city of Pickerington held the cards as far as access was concerned because Spring Creek Drive is the only viable way in and out of any future complex.

The 10-acre Storage One property is located just north and adjacent to the Spring Creek subdivision in the city of Pickerington.

Pickerington City Council's Service Committtee approved the city granting access Aug. 6, however, it was with the understanding Storage One would revise its site plan to meet the city's rear yard buffer setback rules.

Pickerington Development Services Director Joe Henderson said Storage One is willing to adhere to the city's landscaping regulations designed to ensure proper buffering is installed between commercial and residential properties.

"Storage One agreed to increase the buffer along the south side of the property," Henderson said.

"They were very open-minded about the (city) staff's suggestion of introducing arborvitae along the fence to help break up the expanse of fencing," he said, adding arborvitae can grow between 10 to 20 feet high.

Because Storage One has altered its original site plan to accommodate the city's rules, it must go back before the Violet Township Board of Zoning Appeals to get the modifications approved.

A public hearing before the Township BZA to consider the modifications is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. tonight, Thursday, Oct. 16 in the Violet Township Administrative Office, 12970 Rustic Drive in Pickerington.

Pickerington City Manager William Vance said City Council's decision to approve Storage One access from Spring Creek Drive benefits both Violet Township and the city of Pickerington.

"It's representative of City Council desiring to be good neighbors concurrent with their approval that Storage One adhere to city landscaping regulations," Vance said.

He said Storage One "... also operates a successful tax-paying commercial storage development in the city."

Storage One owner James Johnson said if the Violet Township BZA approves the landscaping modifications, construction preparations for the vacant parcel will commence immediately.

"We're really looking forward to getting (construction) started and to clean up the site," Johnson said.

He said plans call for the temporary construction entrance to be located off Milnor Road.

A proposed multi-tenant commercial building facing Spring Creek Drive is also part of the overall site plan.

Storage One Manager Jaymie Johnson said the company "... wants to find suitable tenants that represent the neighborhood ..." to fill those commercial spaces.