Council oks mini-storage units

November 27, 1998

Hagerstown City Council members voted 3-2 Tuesday night to change the zoning law to allow mini-storage units.

Council members Susan Saum-Wicklein, J. Wallace McClure and Alfred W. Boyer approved the zoning law amendment.

Council members William M. Breichner and Lewis C. Metzner voted against the amendment.

Breichner has said he doesn't think the mini-storage units would look attractive in areas zoned for commercial use.

A Monrovia, Md., developer asked the council for the zoning change in early October so he could put mini-storage units on prime land at the U.S. 40/Interstate 70 interchange in the city.

Randy Cohen requested the zoning change, which would allow storage units for rent by the public as a special exception in areas zoned commercial general.


The zoning change was approved with the condition that a caretaker be on site 24 hours a day.

City officials said they hoped that added condition would prevent an influx of storage units on other sites the city wants to see developed.

Cohen said he would put the units on five or six of the 36-acre tract. He owns Hagerstown Mini Storage, a similar business off Interstate 81 near Valley Mall.

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