Sleek storage units behind Buckhead’s Landmark Diner get community approval

Sleek storage units have succeeded where million dollar townhouses have failed on hot property behind Buckhead’s Landmark Diner.

Space Shop Self Storage won approval for necessary zoning and land use plan changes to its proposal at 10 Blackland Road at a May 3 meeting of Neighborhood Planning Unit A after receiving extraordinary praise from the local civic association. That’s a big difference from 2018, when a luxury townhouse proposal for the landscaping company’s former site was chased away by disgruntled neighbors in Tuxedo Park.

A concept illustration of the proposed Space Shop self-storage facility at 10 Blackland Road. Credit: Stein Investment Group

Sandy Springs-based Stein Investment Group, the developer and potential owner of the storage facility, won over locals with major concessions. Among them are a huge wooded buffer, stormwater facilities that will also manage runoff from the restaurant, and a commitment to keep the adjacent 16 Blackland property – owned by the same owner – permanently limited to single-family residential development.

“As you all know, I don’t usually have very good things to say about developers,” Gloria Cheatham, president of the Tuxedo Park Civic Association, told NPU-A before calling Stein a “huge exception. ” and “pleasure”. work with.

The 2 acre property is approximately 80 feet from Blackland from the intersection with Roswell and Piedmont roads. Formerly the home of Harold E. Bailey Landscaping, it is largely undeveloped and forested.

sA site plan for the storage facility. Blackland Road is to the north (top), the Landmark Diner is to the east, and the tree-lined area to the west is a permanent buffer zone 65 feet wide.

Located in a busy commercial corridor and on the edge of Buckhead’s most exclusive neighborhood, the property is a hotspot for developers – and a crucial transition zone for current residents.

In 2018, Monte Hewitt Homes offered to package 23 townhouses for sale on the site. It drew fire from neighbors concerned about increased stormwater runoff in an area already plagued by flooding and the precedent of denser housing in a neighborhood known for its sprawling estates.

At first glance, a three-story storage unit complex doesn’t sound much better. But Stein has made many concessions, starting with a design that hides use behind an office building-style facade.

More important to the neighborhood were extraordinary agreements, including the establishment of a 65-foot-wide tree-lined buffer zone – covering approximately half an acre – between the site and 16 Blackland. Jason Linscott of Stein said the developers were “effectively creating this hardline permanently” because it would be protected by a conservation easement. Cheatham said the easement would be controlled by a non-profit organization that also owns a neighborhood park at Tuxedo Road and Knollwood Drive. The single-family zoning of 16 Blackland would also be restricted by deed.

The neighborhood was also impressed with the promise to create a stormwater retention system approximately 50% larger than needed to handle some of the runoff from the restaurant as well as that from the storage facility.

Stein agreed to several other stipulations, such as restricting opening hours. A landscaping plan includes street trees along Blackland. The plan calls for two curbs on Blackland: a primary one directly across from a Walgreens drugstore curb and a secondary one near the Roswell intersection which is supposed to be a right-hand exit only.

The property is divided into two zoning zones, one commercial and one residential. Stein is looking to rezone it as an office/industrial category that would include this type of storage facility. It also requires modifying the underlying land use plan.

NPU-A members present approved both requests by 14 votes to 0 to 1. These votes are advisory to the City, which is still reviewing the project.

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