Montano said that his proposed facility could be open for business as soon as July, if an Act 250 application, as well as the DRB application, are approved. Construction of the units will be swift, according to Montano, as the buildings will be constructed on Alaskan slab foundations, which rest on pavement grade, much like a garage. If approved, the self-storage facility would be located next to the former WW Building Supply complex, and will share its driveway.
Montano’s two-building, 144-unit complex will feature 25-foot driveway access on every side of each unit with no parking, so that customers will have room to pull up to their rented units and load or unload items.
Currently in the proposed location are two, dilapidated, one-story cottages not in use, which will be torn down. Also on the property is a three-apartment house, which will remain. DRB member Sherry Brissette is a former resident of the building, and explained to fellow board members that since Montano purchased the property, he has performed “great improvements.”
The proposed complex will have privacy features as well. There will be a six-foot, black vinyl-covered chain link fence on the side of the lot facing the former WW Building and the property behind the storage units. The three-family house, which sits in front of the units closer to Route 9, would be separated from the storage business by a stockade privacy fence. Lighting for the units would consist of motion-triggered LED lighting that would remain on for 30 to 60 minutes to facilitate night use. The facility will remain open 24 hours a day, with locks on the individual units.
DRB chair Nicki Steel asked Montano if he knew the volume of traffic, or daily users, the facility would garner.
“Traffic is very low at a business like this,” said Montano. “The more I got into the idea, the more I looked at other units. Typically people put things in their units but don’t go there once a month. With 72 units I expect two or three trips each day.”
Montano said that he expects business from second-home owners, snowmobile storage, and business owners who would keep their stock there.
Snow removal was another topic the board brought up, and Montano said he plans on buying a large snowmobile/skidder unit to compact the snow at the rear of the facility.
The only condition Steel warned Montano about was the possibility of the board requiring trees to be planted between the facility and Route 9.