Opposition for New Middlebrook Storage Facility

Opposition for New Middlebrook Storage Facility

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Katie Henderlight started this petition to Planning Staff/Planning Commission Mike Reynolds (865) 215-3827

This petition is to oppose the plan for a new Indoor/Outdoor Storage Facility on Middlebrook Pike near Cedar Bluff. The exact location for this planned commercial development is 9091, 9103, & 9105 Middlebrook Pike. This will be right around the corner from First Horizon Bank if you are traveling East on Middlebrook. As many of you know, we have an over abundance of storage facilities in this area with the closest existing facilities being right around the corner at Middlebrook and Cedar Bluff and 1 mile east at Middlebrook and Joe Hinton. This particular unit is being planned for a residential area, as it would sit on property that is surrounded by homes on all 3 sides. For reference, this will back up to the Hundred Oaks neighborhood, as well as the Glenmora Grove Condos and property owners in the woods surrounding. Not only will this be an eyesore, but with the uptick in crime in this area, there is potential that it will just bring more with lots of in and out traffic 24 hours a day. Homeowner's in this area will likely be worried abut these issues impacting the value of their homes.

The property in question is 4.50 acres and sits on a steep slope that would seem to only allow the buildings to rise in elevation the further they build back. With it being proposed as 2-3 story rising facilities, this does not seem to lend to tree coverage or any kind of buffer for those who live around the property, especially for those in Glenmora Grove. By looking at the plan, it appears that the entirety of the acreage will be used and the facilities will total around 150,000 square feet. With the  average square footage of a self storage facility being 56,900, this is grossly oversized and out of place. This land should remain residential and the request for this planned commercial property should be denied. 

A 2015 study showed that Knoxville was number 5 in the country for metro areas with the most square feet of self storage per person. At that time, Knoxville had 201 self storage facilities totaling 10,281,150 square feet. It is most likely that number has greatly risen in the last 5.5 years since this study was conducted. 

I am not against development within our community because I know that it is necessary to keep up with the growing population and its demand. However, we need to keep residential and commercial properties within the appropriate boundaries and each need to fit into the lay of the land. The community deserves to have a say in this, as we live here and are affected by these changes. This will directly affect my home, my neighbor's homes, and many other homes in proximity. 

PLEASE help out by objecting to this plan. Everyone deserves to speak their opinion and have their voices heard in this matter. You can make comments on the website (listed below) and request to speak at the next commission meeting on June 10th if you would like. By leaving comments on the planning commission website, volunteering to speak at the meeting, and signing this petition, WE can make a difference!

Here is where you can view more details, see the site plan, and leave comments or request to speak.  

https://knoxmpc.org/cases/5-G-21-UR

Thank you for taking the time to lend your voice and stand with this community!

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