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StorCon Self-Storage project gets green light in Clearwater, FL, despite opposition
The facility would include four buildings comprising 700 units

May 1, 2018: StorCon faces two more zoning-approval hurdles before it can move forward with its proposed 76,000-square-foot self-storage facility on Duncan Avenue. Though the Clearwater City Council approved the zoning change to commercial last month, the application will be reviewed by the 13-member Forward Pinellas Board on June 13 and by the Pinellas County Commission on July 17, according to the source.

Though Sanderson argued an upgraded office would provide $16 million in tax revenue over the next 10 years compared to $462,000 from the storage facility, DeeDee Cornelius, president of current property owner Rental Houses LLC, argued the existing office building is just 43 percent occupied and would be too expensive to renovate, the source reported.

Offices to the west of the building site are single-tenant properties of less than 5,000 square feet, with two vacant, noted Brian Aungst Jr., an attorney representing StorCon. "This, if anything, shows you the market is not supporting an office use in this area," he told the council last month. "It certainly is not going to support the redevelopment of a class-A, 75,000-square-foot office that was developed in the early 1970s. This parcel will never be redeveloped as a large, primary employment-center office."