The Pickerington area's newest self-storage facility hosted an open house Sept. 22 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony to serve notice that it plans to be a big part of the community going forward.

The Pickerington area's newest self-storage facility hosted an open house Sept. 22 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony to serve notice that it plans to be a big part of the community going forward.

Storage One Self-Storage, 11955 Springcreek Drive near Refugee and Milnor roads, has completed five, multi-unit storage buildings.

The site has the potential to accommodate 10 such structures.

"We're halfway built at this point," said Jayme Gates, the business' manager.

"We have two on order and hope to have those in by early spring," she said.

Gates said the facility provides a much-needed service in the Pickerington area.

"The neighbors have been absolutely fantastic."

"There has been a lot of positive feedback," she said.

The project initially, however, was not without controversy.

Two years ago during the approval process, many homeowners living in the adjacent Spring Creek subdivision opposed the development.

Those opposed showed up at Violet Township Board of Trustees' meetings to voice concerns about the potential noise, traffic and light pollution.

The trustees approved the rezoning of 7.6 acres of the 10-acre parcel to a limited commercial classification in April 2014.

Pickerington City Council unanimously approved the Spring Creek Drive access point in October 2014, which cleared the way for the development.

Pickerington owns and maintains Spring Creek Drive, but the parcel is located in Violet Township.

Scott Lanter, a 10-year resident of Alderpoint Drive in the Spring Creek subdivision, said Storage One, which borders his street, has not been too noticeable of a development.

"The fence they put in is nice," Lanter said.

"The construction was kind of a pain, but the traffic has not been bad.

"You do notice the lights from time to time," he said.

Gates said the family-owned and -operated company remains committed to making a positive impact on the community.

"Now our neighbors realize we're a good neighbor," she said. "We kept things clean during construction. We follow the township and city regulations. We want to keep all parties happy and we think it's gone well so far," she said.

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