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Self-storage project proposed in Phoenix

A 47,000-square-foot, two-story building with climate-controlled storage units is part of a proposed storage facility that would be built on 4.65 acres east of Interstate 5.

Exit 24 Storage would be built by Kellenbeck Holdings LLC on land bordered by Fern Valley, South Phoenix and Furry roads. The town’s Planning Commission will hold a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14, at 1000 S. B St.

An Arizona firm that specializes in storage analysis conducted a study showing a need for storage in the Rogue Valley, said Mark Kellenbeck. Kellenbeck LLC has developed and operated more than 1,000 apartment units in Deschutes, Jackson, Josephine and Douglas counties, but this is its first venture into storage units.

“Conditioned space is at a premium. I guess everybody has their own feeling about their own goods,” said Kellenbeck. Items might include pianos, higher-end furniture, papers and family heirlooms, the more treasured items that wouldn’t do well in a mostly cold storage facility, he said.

Building would occur in two phases, with the two-story building in the first phase along with four other one-story buildings. The two-story unit would have 215 climate-controlled units and an elevator. A total of 233 other storage units would be built in phases. Enclosed space would total 120,000 square feet if the other six buildings are constructed.

Henry Willis Pyle Credit Shelter Trust owns the property. Sale will be made to Kellenbeck if the project gains approval. Sale of two apartment units on Rose Street in Phoenix led to the firm’s exploration of storage, said Kellenbeck, who has lived in the town for 11 years.

Design site review includes examination of access, infrastructure, land use, building design and aesthetics, said Planning and Building Director Matt Brinkley.

Residences in the Phoenix Hills subdivision sit above South Phoenix Road across from the project site. Petro Stopping Center truck stop is located to the west. Property owners within 200 feet of the project were mailed notices Tuesday.

Site development will include riparian restoration of Payne Creek on the north end and mitigation for a small area of wetland in the southwest corner, Brinkley said. Kellenbeck has proposed development of a pocket park along Payne Creek.

“That little stretch of Payne Creek has just kind of been let go,” said Brinkley. Nonnative trees and plants have invaded the area, he said.

Development in the area east of Interstate 5 comes as Oregon Department of Transportation moves ahead on the Exit 24 rebuild.

“The interchange is a huge incentive to the entire east side, for sure,” said Kellenbeck. “Without question, it is going to be followed by development. It will be good for Phoenix.”

North of the La-Z-Boy store is a seven-acre site, and there are some smaller areas, said Brinkley. The former Associated Fruits orchard, now bisected by North Phoenix Road, will offer about 32 acres.

Planning commissioners may approve, conditionally approve or deny the application based on city criteria. Appeals of the project must be filed within 14 days after the commission issues its ruling.

A staff report on the proposal will be available Dec. 7. Public comments can be submitted in writing or given at the hearing. For more information, email matt.brinkley@phoenixoregon.gov.

Tony Boom is an Ashland freelance writer. Reach him at tboomwriter@gmail.com.