Commissioners OK self-storage business

A new business is coming to Mack.

At its weekly land use meeting Tuesday, Mesa County commissioners approved a special-use permit to allow a self-storage, mini warehouse to be constructed at the corner of O Road and U.S. Highway 6&50.

The owner of that property, Lawrence Brach, told commissioners he not only wants to build the storage units, but also leave open the option of building new retail space on the site.

"Nobody's investing in Mack," Brach told the commissioners. "I'd like to be able to do something that's nice, and maybe it will kind of incentivize businesses to do something down there other than Country Jam."

The site is located on the north side of Interstate 70 where the annual Country Jam country music festival is held.

Brach's plan is to build nearly 61,000 square feet of indoor storage space in five separate structures on the southeast end of the 6-acre triangular property, and leave open another section on the west side for future retail or office space with parking.

Construction of the new storage units is expected to begin early next year.

While the owner of that project was pleased with the commissioners' action, the neighbors of an unrelated project, the proposed rezoning of a 19-acre parcel just north of Fruita, were not.

There, Steven Fliflet, got permission to rezone land that currently allows housing development of up to one home per five acres, to one home per two acres.

While that zoning would be consistent with residential property surrounding the land, some nearby landowners are fearful it could end up being a much higher density.

That's because the land could be annexed into Fruita, which abuts the property across L Road to the south. If that happens, the city could approve a home density that could end up packing homes on the property, residents said.

Several residents said they weren't against development of the land as long as it is consistent with homes that already exist there.

"We feel the rezoning of this opens us up to the potential of high-density housing," said Bruce Poulos, a nearby resident who just moved in late last year. "Our little subdivision isn't designed for the drastic traffic change."

Commissioners voted 2-1 to approve the rezoning request, additionally saying that it meets county rules and there's no guarantee the property will be annexed by Fruita.

Commissioner Scott McInnis cast the lone dissenting vote.

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