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Expansion of Windsor Commons Self Storage will more than double number of units

Allison Dyer Bluemel

A seven-building expansion of the Windsor Commons Self Storage will more than double the business's storage capacity and, hopefully, ease the demand in town.

"It's very difficult to find a storage unit," Wilkening Storage Owner Garry Wilkening said Monday at the town board meeting.

The 3.8-acre expansion is located directly north and east of the existing facility, east of Automation Drive and directly north of the Windmill Child Enrichment Center in east Windsor.

The new buildings — including 383 storage units — will range from 2,700 to 29,000 square feet and include temperature-controlled storage options.

The expansion will include 69,800 square feet, with 61,905 available for rent, 1,170 square feet of office space and a 750-square-foot company workshop.

The new office will replace the existing building, which will be converted into a full apartment for the property's full-time manager.

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Due to the size increase, Wilkening expects that he will hire one or two additional operations employees for maintenance and the daily walk through and inspection of units.

Additionally, the plan includes four off-street parking spaces, including accessible parking spots.

Approximately 23 percent of the site will be landscaped to screen against the surrounding property.

The appearance will closely match that of the existing storage units including stucco and stone exteriors on the outside, non-door walls, Wilkening said.

Town board members, particularly Mayor John Vazquez, expressed concern about what kind of uses are allowed in the units, particularly in reference to renters using the units to run personal businesses out of or growing marijuana in the temperature controlled units.

Wilkening assured the board that both uses are not allowed and that nothing live — including plants — can be stored in any unit.

Instead, people usually use the temperature-controlled units to store temperature-sensitive merchandise, such as vinyl records or furniture, for personal or business storage.

Such units also help prevent dust collection and offer comfort for renters who visit the units on a regular basis.

"It's very specific on what uses are and are not allowed," he said during the meeting.