A former Babies "R" Us store will have new life as a CubeSmart self-storage facility.

The Reynoldsburg Planning Commission on Sept. 5 unanimously approved the redevelopment of the former Toys "R" Us offshoot at 2686 Taylor Road Southwest.

The store, in the Taylor Square shopping center, closed last year after its parent company went bankrupt.

It is being used on a temporary basis by a Halloween costume store.

About 20,000 square feet of space will be added to the building for a total of about 95,000 square feet of climate-controlled storage.

Developer Oakview Capital Partners also plans to add another 11,000-square-foot, freestanding retail building on the parking lot. The company will return to the planning commission for its approval at a later date, officials said.

Both the retail building and the addition to the storage facility contain large portions of glass on the front. Plans call for the entire building to be painted. New signage and more than a dozen trees also will be added.

"It's an opportunity for us to fill 75,000 square feet of vacant retail space," said commission member Steven Hicks. "Reynoldsburg's got way too much of it."

Fellow commission member Alex Furst agreed.

"I think this is the most attractive storage unit I've ever seen. So, well done," Furst said.

Pennsylvania-based CubeSmart operates hundreds of locations nationwide, including 11 in central Ohio, according to the company's website.

The next planning commission meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Oct. 3 at City Hall, 7232 E. Main St.

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