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By Hannah Whitley

Wildomar council approves self-storage project


Last updated 3/24/2018 at 12:47pm

The Wildomar City Council last week unanimously approved the construction of a 172,398-square-foot, eight building self-storage facility on a 9.75-acre parcel of land at Smith Ranch and Clinton Keith roads.

The Smith Ranch Self Storage project will be built in three phases and will have leasable units ranging in size from 25 to 500 square feet, 66 recreational vehicle parking spaces and 12,000-square-foot building that will house business offices and additional storage units.

Sam Yoo, the project applicant’s son, said the project in its current state was the result of many community outreach meetings soliciting the opinions of nearby residents. Out of the roughly 15 meetings, Yoo said, a common concern was that vehicles would have access to the facility from Smith Ranch Road.

“Based on that we decided to just go ahead and make our primary access – ingress and egress – off Clinton Keith Road and keep Smith Ranch Road only for emergency access,” Yoo said. “So that’s one of the big ones we felt was a benefit to both parties.”

Yoo explained how the three phases of the project would be constructed.

He said the company was hoping to start construction of the first phase of the project sometime this year and that phase would take about a year to be fully built, and approximately two years to be fully leased out.

In about 2021, phase two -- a single building on the interior of the property -- would be built. Yoo said it would take about six months to construct and another year to lease out.

Phase three would also take approximately six months to construct and another year to lease out, meaning the project would be fully completed sometime around 2023.

One resident expressed concern about grading a hill on the property, saying his home would be directly affected by work to flatten the hill.

Yoo assured the resident that the hill was mostly dirt and no blasting would be done in the process of grading it.

Speaker Ms. Miller raised concerns over the project’s possible environmental implications.

“Wildomar needs their open space, they don’t need another 600 unit storage on a huge slab of concrete covering over our precious environment,” Miller said.

Councilwoman Bridgette Moore asked Yoo if he would be in favor of giving nonprofit groups discounted rates on storage, noting that the Boy Scouts and other groups in the community where in need of space to store their items. Yoo said he was amenable to that possibility.

Yoo noted that the family run business that runs the storage center will its headquarters move from Temecula to Wildomar once the first phase of the project is complete.

Hannah Whitley can be reached at [email protected]


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