A CubeSmart self-storage facility was denied by the majority of the Powder Springs City Council on March 2. (Courtesy of CubeSmart)

Powder Springs denies self-storage facility

A CubeSmart self-storage facility was denied on March 2 by a 3-2 vote of the Powder Springs City Council.

On nearly three acres, the special use permit would have allowed CubeSmart to build on the northeast corner of C. H. James Parkway/U.S. 278 at Sweetwater Avenue in the Community Retail Commercial (CRC) zoning district.

Votes for denial came from Councilman Patrick Bordelon and Councilwomen Nancy Farmer and Patricia Wisdom.

In favor of CubeSmart were Councilwoman Doris Dawkins and Councilman Henry Lust.

Joining the opposition were several speakers from the Sweetwater Landing and Woodbridge subdivisions - one of whom brought a petition signed by nearly 500 residents of Sweetwater Landing.

Among their concerns were increased crime, more truck traffic, too many storage facilities in the city and water runoff.

CubeSmart representatives said they could not guarantee the absence of water runoff down the hill to a proposed 45-unit townhouse community to be called Sweetwater Townhomes.

In addition to the facility, applicant Adam Goldstein said there would be retail spaces “to make it economically viable for us.”

A coffee shop and a tutoring center were mentioned as those retail additions.

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