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  • The proposed 44,716-square-foot ezStorage, which would be built on the Jordan Property along Ritchie Highway, would be three stories tall, with only two levels visible from the street. It would also create a new acceleration/deceleration lane on Ritchie Highway for ease of exit and access to the facility.
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    The proposed 44,716-square-foot ezStorage, which would be built on the Jordan Property along Ritchie Highway, would be three stories tall, with only two levels visible from the street. It would also create a new acceleration/deceleration lane on Ritchie Highway for ease of exit and access to the facility.

Developer Proposes Self-Storage Facility For The Jordan Property

Rob Odle
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January 12, 2016

The Jordan Property, located along Ritchie Highway near Arnold Station, might become your new garage: A 44,716-square-foot self-storage facility called ezStorage is proposed for the area.

The building, proposed by the Siena Corporation, is still in its early stages awaiting a county zoning hearing. Open from 6:00am to 9:00pm seven days a week, the 1,020-unit storage area would be three levels with only two visible from the street and would create a deceleration/acceleration lane on southbound Ritchie Highway for easier access to the facility.

Elizabeth Rosborg, president of the Arnold Preservation Council, said the benefits of the proposed facility “depend on how you look at it.”

While members have yet to adopt an official and unanimous stance on the matter, Rosborg explained that the building “does not fit into the vision plan of the Arnold Preservation Council.” She described the ongoing development of Admiral’s Ridge, a 42-townhome plot just across the street from the proposed ezStorage, expressing that “the Arnold Preservation Council is very concerned about the creeping [up of] industry around Route 2.” Rosborg concluded, “Now you’re adding a proposal for a 1,020-unit storage facility?”

Though concerns are prevalent, Rosborg feels that the facility will come with a benefit. She is happy that the proposed ezStorage will not be a 24/7 operation, and that it is a LEED-certified, environmentally friendly building.

In 2009, the Arnold Preservation Council offered more than $1 million to the property owners to build something slightly more environmentally friendly: a park that connected directly to the B&A Trail. The space would have also included a community facility to be used as a free area for community groups to meet.

To the dismay of council members, their offer was not accepted, and so the dreams of a new Arnold park were dashed.

Despite the proposed facility’s being inherently counterproductive to the vision of the Arnold Preservation Council, Rosborg said that the council members will be involved no matter what the results of the proposal are.

If the proposal is approved and the ezStorage is built, Rosborg said, members will “work with [ezStorage] on stormwater management, landscaping and whatever else they need.”

If the county hearing determines that the facility cannot be built because of zoning restrictions, members of the preservation council will begin a new mission of finding the best fit for the property.

“We definitely want to be a part of the process,” Rosborg said. “Communication is key.”


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