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Residents oppose new storage facility in north Scottsdale

Posted at 9:06 PM, Nov 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-16 23:06:49-05

In Scottsdale, a mega feud is brewing over a proposed mini-storage facility.

Developers want to put the self-storage building on a few acres of land near Shea Boulevard and 116th Street. Right now, the area is desert, and people who live in the nearby custom home community want to keep it that way.

Developers have tried to compromise; adjusting plans with the hopes of getting Scottsdale City Council to approve rezoning the land next month.

Jordan Rose, an attorney for the developer, said the changes involve, "no lights on the part of the building that face the neighbors — and there are only two neighbors that really are adjacent to the property."  Other changes include moving the building at least 50 feet from the homes' property line and lowering the proposed height.

Vickie Falen is one of those two neighbors who are next to the proposed storage site. 

It's still an over 106,000-square-foot, massive storage facility," Falen said. "It just doesn't fit in Scottsdale's general plan, and it does not fit next to our custom home community."

Homeowners say the building will block their sunset views and bring crime. They are also worried about taking a hit to their property values.  Developers say the storage facility is designed to look like an office building, and it won't be taller than many homes in the area.