Supervisors approve self-storage at The Crossings

Published 10:31 am Thursday, September 28, 2023

Isle of Wight County supervisors have approved plans for a climate-controlled self-storage facility at The Crossings development in Carrollton.

Waverton Associates Inc. and Crossings developer Jerry Bowman had requested a conditional use permit to allow the 75,000-square-foot, three-story building. The supervisors approved the request unanimously on Sept. 21.

The submitted site plan calls for access from an extension of Lori Anne Way, a road that will also serve the Publix grocery store slated to anchor The Crossings’ commercial phase, and a Royal Farms gas station. Lori Anne connects to Spadea Way, the main entrance to The Crossings from Carrollton Boulevard.

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The self-storage facility would be behind and to the left of the Royal Farms as seen from Carrollton Boulevard.

The project’s developers say the facility will include roughly 500 rentable units totaling 60,000 square feet, and could be built within a year. It would be modeled off a similar facility in Suffolk, which is being designed with an exterior resembling a brick office building.

County staff had raised concerns when the application went to Isle of Wight’s Planning Commission in August regarding the proliferation of self-storage facilities throughout the county. A report provided to the commissioners last month stated there are already more than 175,000 square feet of existing and approved but unbuilt self-storage facilities within three miles of the site, though none are climate controlled.

The closest climate-controlled facility, Smithfield Self Storage, is roughly 6 miles away.

Bowman told the supervisors that the self-storage facility is needed to anchor the extension of Lori Anne Way, and that he’s in negotiations with hotel and restaurant chains to build within the development once the extended roadway is built.