The city of O’Fallon has approved the conversion of a building in O’Fallon Square to an indoor storage facility via the issuance of a conditional use permit [CUP].
At the June 13 City Council meeting, council members Mike Pheney [Ward 5] and Debbie Cook [Ward 5] sponsored two ordinances related to the rezoning of the portion of square owned by O’Fallon Square Properties and the CUP that would allow StorCo Storage to build the facility on the rezoned tract of land.
Both received second readings at the same meeting and were both unanimously approved by a vote of 10-0. On May 2, the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission also held a public comment session and ultimately offered the council a favorable recommendation to pass the CUP.
The bills were tabled at the council’s May 23 meeting at Pheney’s request to allow time for all council members to read and consider the brochure provided by James Reid, of StorCo Storage. The brochure explained the strategic plan for the property and was further supplemented with additional comments by Reid at the June 13 meeting.
The first bill [Bill No. 7087] rezoned 25 O’Fallon Square from C2 [General Business District] to C3 [Highway Commercial District] zoning. Bill No. 7088 granted the CUP giving Reid permission to operate a facility on the property.
Reid plans to convert the larger of the two existing buildings in O’Fallon Square to an indoor storage facility that also will serve as StorCo Storage’s national headquarters. The site also will house a divisional call center, training center and logistics operations. The company said all of those will create local job opportunities.
The second building currently houses restaurants, a credit union, a barber shop, a dentist and a personal care service. The existing shopping strip center will be marketed to fill current vacancies with new retailers.
StorCo Storage’s ultimate goal is to expand to over 500 locations in the next 20 years, with O’Fallon serving as one of the business’s central locations.
Reid and his wife, Brittany, plan to repurpose O’Fallon Square’s outparcels for redevelopment opportunities.