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Storage facility planned for Lorain plaza

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LORAIN — A storage facility could be coming to the city’s west side, following the approval of a conditional use permit at Wednesday’s Planning Commission meeting.

A conditional use permit for Lorain Plaza Shopping Center, 1089 Meister Road, was approved unanimously by the Zoning Board of Appeals, allowing TDI Lorain LLC to turn a section of the strip mall into indoor, climate-controlled storage facilities.

Steve Weisbrod, vice president of business development with Kossman Development Co., spoke on behalf of the project. Kossman Development Co. owns the shopping plaza via its subsidiary, TDI Lorain LLC.

He said the company plans to install about 300 storage units of various sizes in a section of the plaza. It will be branded as Defender Self-Storage and will be run by a separate management company.

“We have a shopping center in a suburb of Pittsburgh that we’ve done something similar to, we have retail tenants and we’ve taken some of the lower-level space and some of the untenanted space and converted it to self-storage. It opened in November of last year, and things are going according to plan.”

Weisbrod said Kossman Development Co. has plans to do similar projects at other properties as well.

“I think we’ve seen (this kind of project) in other shopping centers where retail has shifted and owners are trying to find ways to fill that space and bring some services to the community,” Weisbrod said.

A conditional-use permit submitted on behalf of Great Lakes Storage LLC for self-storage facilities on Cooper Foster Park Road will be rescheduled until next month.

The Planning Commission meets 9 a.m. the first Wednesday of every month in Council chambers, 200 W. Erie Ave.

Contact Carissa Woytach at (440) 329-7245 or cwoytach@chroniclet.com.
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