Self-storage sought for former grocery store site in Kissimmee

California-based William Warren Group (WWG) is eyeing a former grocery store site in Kissimmee's Buenaventura Lakes neighborhood for its next self-storage facility. 

The company is seeking a conditional use permit and site plan approval to allow self-storage in a Mixed-Use PUD on a vacant 3.8-acre parcel along Oakwood Drive, just east of Simpson Road. The case goes to the city's Planning Advisory Board Wednesday evening, which has final approval for conditional use permits.

WWG is a privately held firm that specializes in the acquisition, management and development of self-storage facilities, mostly under the StorQuest brand. The company has more than two dozen locations in Florida, but only two in the Orlando market.

The land is owned by the Seventh Day Adventist Church, and borders single-family residential to the south and apartments to the west. 

WWG and its design team from MCG Architecture kept the buildings low profile and used a variety of building materials and siding to blend in with the neighborhood. 

The total facility would have four one-story buildings -- with interior facing doors  -- ranging in size from 13,000 square feet to 18,300 square feet, as well as a small office. The facility would be open daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Project engineer Giacomo Licari with Dewberry told city planners the facility would have a very low impact on the community. 

"The site used to be an old grocery store, the building was demolished and it is now an empty parking lot on an abandoned and disregarded state, leaving the site subject to potential unauthorized use and crime, which is not beneficial to the residential property abutting the south and east side," Lacari wrote in his application.

WWG currently operates self-storage facilities in Orlando and Sanford.

Population growth is propelling Orlando's self storage market, which was the 15th fastest growing metro area in the United States through 2016, according to the latest annual U.S. Census data released last year.

Orange County drew more new residents than any Florida county, and the area improved its rank to no. 23 nationally among most populous metros, which includes Kissimmee and Sanford.

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