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New storage facility in Cottage Grove to serve hobbyists

A storage facility will replace the former All Seasons Golf at 7552 West Point Douglas Road. Courtesy of the city of Cottage Grove1 / 3
The proposed Park Place Storage project will include five separate buildings. Courtesy of the city of Cottage Grove 2 / 3
The Park Place Storage proposal is identical to a 2014 application developers submitted, but this time construction is imminent. Courtesy of the city of Cottage Grove 3 / 3

A storage unit initially pitched to the city three years ago is now preparing for construction next to the Park and Ride.

Park Place Storage, a five-building campus at 7552 West Point Douglas Road, is proposed for the site of the former All Seasons Golf, which closed in 2006.

The 13-acre lot will house buildings from 24,000 to 64,000 square feet and will have individually owned units that range in size from 300 to 15,000 square feet.

The property will only be accessible to those who have purchased a unit.

"Most of the time people who buy these units have certain hobbies, or collections of items that they like to work on and this is a place that they can do that on their property and not have to burden their residential properties," Planner John McCool said.

The proposal includes several variances, which were all approved when it was first submitted in 2014. After no construction went forward three years ago, the city had to re-approve the proposal, which is identical to their 2014 one.

Most of the trees on site will have to be taken out for construction, leaving behind about 30 trees out of the approximately 250 minimum required trees, along with a slight reduction on the amount of shrubs.

In place of requiring trees on site, the developer will be responsible for funding trees at another site in the city, likely along West Point Douglas Road. They will also add some onsite berming.

There is one home adjacent to the site, that will be about 150 feet from the closest storage building, which was also approved in 2014.

The proposal is on the consent agenda for the Nov. 15 city council meeting.

Building will likely take place over five phases — one for each of the buildings.