Neighbors Raise Concerns About Maple Grove Self-Storage Plan
Residents of a Plymouth townhome development spoke out against a proposed storage unit facility at a recent Maple Grove Planning Commission meeting.
The owner of the Holiday gas station at I-494 and Bass Lake Road in Maple Grove purchased a small piece of land to the south. He proposes to turn the site into individual POD-like storage units.
Neighbors across the border in Plymouth say it would create light pollution, decrease property values and possibly attract crime. A state lawmaker even came to speak out about the event.
“I would ask myself to put yourself in the shoes of the homeowners that have come to you, both your residents and the residents of Plymouth,” said Rep. Ginny Klevorn, DFL-Plymouth. “This is your home that is having a storage unit being built next to it. How would you feel the possible devaluation of your own property? How would you feel about the light pollution? How would you feel about just the general unknowns?”
The Maple Grove Planning Commission tabled the project to allow the owner more time to meet with neighbors and discuss concerns. The site is zoned for low-density residential.
“I drive this every day,” said Susan Lindeman, who serves on the Maple Grove Planning Commission. “Yes, it’s a mess there, even without this additional business there. But I would still think having limited access from that area would be better for them than having 12 homes sitting in there and having all that go through their property.”