Farrish Properties LLC is well into the earthwork on its project at Old Lane and Chester Road. A mini-storage facility with a capacity of almost 81,000 square feet will be included in phase one. The Farrishes have the option of completing the project with any of the other uses available under their current zoning.
According to Allan Coker, a Chesterfield County planner, a mini-storage use is, in his opinion, the best use for the property. He indicated that due to access issues – the entrance being restricted by a Route 288 exit, the CSX Railroad track and the intersection – a low-impact business is about right.
The 13.2-acre site was rezoned light industrial (L-1) almost five years ago and is suitable for a number of uses, including the initial proposed use of office warehouses. According to Coker, the second phase could include an office warehouse component. It is unlikely that retail would be built on the property, Coker said.
The masonry walls of the storage unit buildings will work to screen the interior of the site, while a vinyl fence will complete the screening. If trees that also act as a screen to the site are removed, a new buffer will be needed, Coker said. An office for the mini-storage business will also be located on the site.