Is self-storage coming to Brightwaters?

Zoning Board of Appeals considers application on self-storage facility

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On Wednesday, Jan. 26, the Village of Brightwaters Zoning Board of Appeals held their monthly public hearing, where they considered an application for SAFStor Real Estate Co., LLC, the property owners of Brightwaters Racquet and Spa, Inc. Located at 225 Howells Road in Brightwaters.

SAFStor is seeking permission to construct a new 104,856-square-foot self-storage facility at the location on Howells Road. The facility would be in violation of Village Code Section 128-18, which requires 228 off street parking spaces for a building of that size and use. The applicant is proposing 13 parking spaces.

The application is also in violation of Village Code Section 128-44, which limits signage to one sign with a maximum size of 10 square feet on the front of the place of business. The applicant is proposing two signs, both of which are 69 square feet. In addition, the application is in violation of Village Code Section 128-61C, which limits the width of a primary driveway to 22 feet. The applicant is proposing two driveways, one of which is 30 feet wide; the other is 26 feet wide.

Finally, the application is in violation of Village Code Section 128-32A, which prohibits any accessory structure from being located nearer a street property line than the principal building. The applicant is proposing a dumpster enclosure to be 17.4 feet from Howells Road, where the principal building setback is 60.4 feet. Per the village’s zoning code, a mini-storage rental facility is listed as a permitted use in the Sunrise Business District.

At the meeting, representatives for the applicant said the building will be managed by the storage company Life Storage and be three-stories high. The building will be open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily and staffed from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays. The applicant plans to replace the surrounding sidewalk to match the red brick along nearby areas. The roofline of the building is proposed at 35 feet, which is the peak of the building currently on the site. The storage units inside the building will range in size from as small as 5 feet by five feet and as large as 10 feet by 30 feet. The building will hold 906 storage units.

Ethan Schukoske, of Atlantic Traffic and Design Engineering in Hauppauge, was the traffic expert brought forward by the applicant and said that self-storage facilities are very low traffic generators. Schukoske also noted that according to industry standard data on similar parking facilities, a maximum of 11 trips per hour can be expected for the facility on a Saturday.

After the public hearing, community members spoke about their love of the gym currently at the location and how a storage facility will take away the more family atmosphere of the location.

If the application is approved by the board of appeals, the applicant will still need to petition the board of trustees for relief of height restrictions.

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