A storage facility and a commercial office building are planned for the northeast corner of 25th Street and Chandler Road.
Neeraj Agarwal, an attorney representing the developer, Arun Agarwal, told City Council members Sept. 9 a self-storage facility would be built along Chandler Road just east of 25th Street, while the office building would be built directly at the northeast corner of the intersection.
Agarwal estimated the size of the office building at 75,000 to 80,000 square feet and said it would be marketed to such businesses as insurance companies.
The proposal drew a warning from Rodger Kendall, who lives just north of the proposed site, that the project would cause significant additional water runoff.
“I did the math and if we had a half-inch of rain like we had a couple of days ago you’re looking at approximately 39,810 gallons of water coming off that property,” he said.
He said the use was inappropriate and a bad fit with previously stated plans to build a public park in the area.
Planning Director Chris Shewchuk said the developer is required to retain the first half-inch of rainwater on the property.
Agarwal assured council members the developer would comply with all water retention requirements.
Shewchuk said a landscape buffer and a screening fence would be installed between the storage facility and neighboring homes, and all storage would be inside and enclosed.
Councilman Don Preister urged Agarwal to hold an additional meeting with neighbors in order to allay their concerns.
The council will vote on the project at its Sept. 23 session.