Effingham City Plan Commission approved the construction of a mini-storage warehouse on the south side of the city.
Douglas Murrell is purchasing the property, located at 2306 Hoffman Dr. near Dan Hecht Chevrolet Toyota, from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield for the construction.
The plan was approved with the stipulation that the developer build a 6-foot barrier fence along the sides of the building to respect residential property to the south and east.
According to Plan Commissioner Jeff Bloemker, growth around the city has led to the development of small commercial buildings near residential areas, which tasks commissioners with respecting both parties.
“We are trying to be sensitive to the neighbors, while not inhibiting the use of the property,” he said.
Building Official Bruce Devall said the property’s use is within the city’s comprehensive plan and should qualify for a special-use permit.
Devall outlined various barriers. Depending on the size of the building, a combination of barrier fences, buffer space, trees and shrubs are used to shield residential properties from commercial buildings.
However, commissioners ultimately agreed to Murrell’s suggestion to build the storage facility toward the back side of the property to inhibit vehicles from driving behind the facility and allowing the back side of the facility to serve as a barrier.
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